In the four years since Somali Bantu refugees started resettling in Pittsburgh after fleeing civil war and ethnic persecution in their homeland, they’ve faced segregation in the public schools, discrimination by local residents and major cultural adjustments.
But many say the opportunities to advance their education and careers are helping to ease the transition, and they’re trying to make the best of their lives.
“Being here has made a big difference in my life,” said Amina Muya, of Lawrenceville, a Somalian refugee who graduated from Schenley High School in June. She came to Pittsburgh after spending 12 years at a refugee camp in Kenya.
“I don’t feel like I lost anything coming here, but I know I gained a lot. In the refugee camp, everyone had the same culture. Here, there are so many.” (MORE)