Remembering Somalia

Barbro Kalla remembers teaching Swedish to Somalian refugees and how her understanding of Somalia was increased with the interaction with her pupils, even though it was initially difficult to communicate

There and then I followed the news together with my pupils who had been sitting in the basement of their house hearing and experiencing how their home was destroyed. After that they left their country with their mothers and without any choice of their own, they ended up in a small community in northern Sweden. They were the first pupils in the school from the continent of Africa. All their relatives had been spread by the wind all over the planet. Where their fathers and older brothers were they didn´t know. Not to be able to communicate with written letters made me realize the meaning of the sentence; A non-functional infrastructure.

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