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Community and Environment

As subsistence farmers in Somalia, Somali Bantus had a close relationship with their environment. Their dedication to land and work contributed to a strong community structure within their villages. In moving to the US, Somali Bantus have transitioned from living in family compounds and growing their own food to living in urban apartments and shopping at supermarkets. Unfortunately, most families were split apart by the war and the refugee resettlement process. Despite the hardships of separation and adaptation to city life, the Somali Bantu community of Lewiston, Maine is a success story. They show how a group can honor its cultural heritage while playing an active role in a new society.                  



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