A small immigration program for Liberians in the US will expire at the end of March. Minnesota economists and health care companies say their losing immigration status will have an outsized effect.
It began with a video of Liban Adam drinking a giant bowl of camel’s milk and ended in a one-month $80,000 fundraiser.
Her parents survived war and upheaval in Korea. Then they embraced bland Thanksgiving rituals in an effort to give their kids a predictable, safe vision of their future.
"It’s a really, really scary moment for the Somali community," says refugee advocate Suud Olat.
Otherhood explores the emotions of people in the Black Lives Matter movement’s orbit: a refugee worried America is becoming more like the place he had to flee, a group determined to teach kids how to articulate their feelings; and an ally, neither black nor white, who finds her place in the protests.
It isn't easy being Muslim and black in Minnesota, where there have been two police killings of black men in less than a year. But Somali immigrants are finding power in joining with their African American neighbors.