(NPT News) Nashville Public Television Visits Our Somali Next Door Neighbors

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Bashir Ali works at the Somali Coffeeshop in Nashville, a central hub for the Somali community in the city. Tune in to NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: SOMALI on Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m.

From the official NPT news dept, be sure to tune in for the second installment in our NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS series:

Second Installment in NPT’s Original Documentary Series Explores Nashville’s Somali Population

More than 5,000 Somali refugees now call Nashville their home. They left a war-torn country and many still have family trying to survive in Somalia and in refugee camps across Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, and other countries. From the simply named Somali Coffee Shop, which provides a hub for Somali life in Nashville, to the experiences of Somali taxi drivers in the city and Somali students in public schools, Nashville Public Television will introduce viewers to this emerging community in Nashville in NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: SOMALI, premiering on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The documentary is the latest installment in NPT’s four-part NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS series.

“America is known as a land of opportunity, where through hard work, a person can make a better life for themselves and their family,” said producer Will Pedigo, who also produced NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: LITTLE KURDISTAN, USA. “For new destination cities like Nashville, the expectation of opportunity is extended to an increasing number of immigrants and refugees, who find almost immediate access to jobs in the city’s relatively stable economy.”

While many Somalis were resettled directly to Nashville, others migrated here from cities like Minneapolis, Seattle, San Diego and Columbus. Ohio, because, as Abdulkadir Guure says in the documentary, “we chase the work.”

“If somebody says that there is a lot of warehouse jobs in Phoenix, Arizona… folks will just move,” he adds.

Read the rest of the official release on the NPT News page.

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