Posts tagged "Somali"

Inspire Somalia: Reality TV vs. Fundamentalist Insurgents


A different kind of reality TV show: in 2015 the UN’s “Inspire Somalia” aimed to use culture to increase Somalia’s fragile peace.

So far it’s been well-received. Some great tunes included in the podcast below! Time for a reprise?
Perhaps the ‘developed world’ can take some tips from ‘Inspire Somalia’ and similar reality shows such as ‘Integrity Idol‘.


Reality TV is popular around the world. It’s also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. But can that kind of fragile fantasy meaningfully influence the real world?

Podcast Transcript

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Images courtesy Inspire Somalia, NPR

Story Hill Farms: A Place For Refugees to Harness Their Skills

“There’s still seedlings to be planted, winter storm waste to rid and tractors to be repaired, but those caring for the land at Story Hill Farm in Dunbarton are prepared to see both crops and business prosper come springtime.
At the 56.8 acre farm, 14 refugee farmers tend to their own plot of land, which are equally divided into sections. Through the Manchester-based nonprofit Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, refugees are able to farm their own crops and keep 100 percent of proceeds.”

…. “Refugee farmers of Somali Bantu, Rwandan, Burundi, Congolese and Bhutanese backgrounds have plots of farmland on Story Hill Road in Dunbarton.
The growers provide about 40 different crops that are consumed mostly by American customers and 20 different crops consumed mostly by members of the refugee community. Shopping the produce, customers will find zucchini, cucumber and arugula, as well as other vegetables native to the refugee’s home country.

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