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.theguardian - 2 month ago

We re trying to re-create the lives we had : the Somali migrants who became Maine farmers

A community of Somali Bantu farmers struggled for land security until the farm justice activists of the Agrarian Trust lent a handMuhidin Libah stretched his arm overhead, tapping the head of a corn stalk and sending its leaves quivering in the August sun. “About seven feet,” he guessed, comparing the plant to his 5ft 6in frame. Corn was one of the first vegetables he and about 40 other Somali Bantu families planted when they began farming in Lewiston, Maine, in 2014. That was a decade after Libah had landed in the United States as a refugee, and 23 years after he’d been forced to flee Somalia’s Jubba valley. Continue reading...


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