Photo by Bridget Fertal -- Halima Abdulkadir Hassan, Abdulkadir Chirambo, and Abdulkadir Mkomwa of the United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh group.

Pittsburgh’s World Refugee Day, a thoughtful, city-wide event, worked to showcase the stories of refugees in our city. The United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh (USBGP), an organization run by and for Somali refugees, is another reservoir of lived experiences, and a positive force for Somali people living in Pittsburgh’s Northside. Looking at the event and the organization in tandem, one is allowed the story of Pittsburgh’s refugees from two different narrators. In turn, refugee’s stories, needs, and concerns are illuminated and given context.

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Please join us on Wednesday January 29 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty to listen to authentic and personal stories that reflect the humanity behind the storytellers’ roles and occupations in our community.

The stories will be as diverse as the storytellers themselves as they work as community activist, academic, professional, nonprofit and government workers. Moreover, most of them have either experienced or are/were working in the low wage/poverty/homelessness space.

This year Storyburgh is partnering with PublicSource to produce “Stories of Struggle and Survival” that will be held at the Great Room in East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM). Other media partners are 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP.


*The event is free; any donation is welcome and appreciated.
Storyburgh and PublicSource are both nonprofit organizations.


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