‘Immigrant Experience’ in Eden Prairie

Press Release

‘Immigrant Experience’ featured in EP on April 23

What’s it like to be a Somali immigrant living in a Twin Cities suburb like Eden Prairie?

That and other questions will be explored during a free program titled “The Immigrant Experience: A Conversation with Hamse Warfa and Mohamed Duale.”

The program is sponsored by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, the City of Eden Prairie, and People Reaching Out to People (PROP) and will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Heritage Rooms of the Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.

Hear firsthand accounts from two Somali immigrants who are active in the Twin Cities:

Hamse Warfa was born in Somalia and he and his family left refugee camps to settle in the United States in 1994. Unable to speak English, his initial years were difficult. But today he is a program officer for the Eden Prairie-based Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Philanthropies, a suburban Twin Cities resident, and author of the recently published book, “America Here I Come”

Mohamed Duale is also a published author. He has studied at Mananga Agricultural Management Centre in Swaziland, Somali National University in Mogadishu, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is currently employed as a community liaison with the City of Eden Prairie’s Community Development Department and resides in the suburbs.

The two men will talk informally about their journeys and also take questions from the audience.

“Hamse and Mohamed are really involved in the Somali community, and can offer a perspective on suburban life that is heard too infrequently,” said Foundation Executive Director Mark Weber, who will moderate the program. “We hope this program continues the conversation about Eden Prairie’s growing diversity and all of the opportunities that provides.”

For more information, contact the Eden Prairie Community Foundation at (952) 949-8499.

Contact: Mark Weber
Eden Prairie Community Foundation
(612) 987-4118 or (952) 949-8499

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