Season 3,

Ep 21: Coming to America (ft. Dr. Ifrah Magan)

October 04, 2017

What does home look like, feel like? This week, we’re thinking about the temporary and the permanent, the spiritual and the physical. We delve into what it’s like to come to America as a Muslim immigrant or refugee.


Maryam Adamu, @maroadamu, is a law student and former podcast guest (Episode 5 and Episode 9). Maryam interviews her mother, Khairi Adamu.

Dr. Ifrah Magan is a storyteller, social worker, and scholar. Her research focuses on the migration paths of Somali refugees in Chicago, and how ethnic and religious identities impact their resettlement and integration. Dr. Magan has over 10 years of experience working in diverse refugee communities, and is the co-founder of the first Rohingya Cultural Center in Chicago. She is currently working on her first poetry collection. Listen to one of her poems here.

Episode Details

(00:00:56) Ikhlas and Makkah discuss how they are processing so much news about death.
(00:15:20) Maryam Adamu interviews her mom Khairi Adamu about moving from Nigeria to the United States and trying to make a home for herself and for her children.
(00:34:58) Dr. Ifrah Magan shares her story of coming to America as a Somali refugee.
(01:01:15) We talk about race, ethnicity, religion and some unique aspects of the Somali refugee experience.

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  • Intro and Outro Music: RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed
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