Category Archives: Refugees

African Voices Special: Malian Voices

Welcome to Malian Voices, an African Voices Podcast special that highlights the lives and stories of Malian nationals living in Chicago. In this special, we talk to Ousmane Drame, Imam of Masjid Al-Farooq located in the city’s South Side, who speaks on the current crisis in Mali. We also speak to Bukie Adekoje, UAO’s Research and Policy Associate, who speaks on UAO’s efforts to get Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Malians, and how to get involved through advocacy work. At the end of the special, we highlight upcoming events in the Chicagoland area.

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African Voices Video: UAO interviews Yussuf Ali on Somalians in Chicago & Somalia crisis

The African Voices website will be featuring video interviews that the United African Organization has conducted with members of the African community in Chicago. These interviews took place over the course of the last year on CANTV (Channel 21 on Cable).

This week we feature an interview conducted by the UAO’s Executive Director, Dr. Alie Kabba with Mr. Yussuf Ali, Director of the East African Community Center in Chicago. Mr. Ali is from Somalia and speaks about the experiences of Somalians in the U.S. as well as the situation in the horn of Africa more broadly.

Tune into CANTV tonight at 6:30pm U.S. Central Time to see an interview with the Tanzanian Community Association of the Midwest. Tanzania celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence on Friday 9 December, 2011!