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Visit the Somali Karmel Mall in Minnesota. See where to shop and eat! Learn more about the Somali American culture.

The United Nations define refugees as someone who is out of their home country and cannot return because they fear their safety. This could mean there is a war. But people could also have been forced to leave after a natural disaster. Usually, a refugee will stay in a United Nations run camp before they settle in new countries.

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Making Connections


If you went to visit a Somali mall, what would you want to see? What food would you try?


Have you read other books about immigrants in America? What do they have in common with this title? How are they different?


Somali Week celebrates Somali culture through food and art. Are there any other cultural celebrations that you can think of? What is the culture like? What sort of events take place?

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