Salam Alekum! Welcome to Sheeko, a web archive sponsored by the Immmigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota. Sheeko is a collection of Somali youth stories created by and for Somali youth. During 2010- 2011, a team of Somali students collected dozens of interviews with Somalis between the ages of 18-25. Many of our narrators live in Minnesota and London.
This website includes a selection of video clips from Sheeko interviews. Topics include: leaving Somalia, experiences in refugee camps, journeys to the West, living in the Somali diaspora, and adjusting to new places. We have organized these interview clips into several categories: Advice, Difficulties, Early Life, Education, Family, Gendered Experiences, Identity, Islam and Journeys. The full interviews are archived at the Immigration History Research Center.
We created this website to reach a global audience and Somali youth around the world. We hope these stories will provide a better understanding of the lives of Somali youth. We also hope other Somali youth will find these videos to be useful as they encounter similar experiences in their own lives. This website provides insight into our lives and encourages discussion with Somali youth. Mahadsanid! (Thank you!)