'Home is like....' : A conversation about poetry and longing for home.

Authors

  • Marcela Duran York University
  • Dahabo Ibrahim
  • Deko Shahow
  • Mohamed Hajir Siyat

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18733/cpi29540

Abstract

This article presents a WhatsApp dialogue between student writers and their teacher discussing the poetry and commentary they wrote during an online course the year before. The students are refugees living in the containment of an UNHCR camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Throughout the dialogue, the longing for a lost home and the cultural relevance and permanence of poetry in their lives as Somalis, are evident.

Author Biographies

Marcela Duran, York University

Marcela Duran is an educator who has had extensive experience working in public education in Ontario in the areas of Equity in the Curriculum, Curriculum development, Administration of Programs and Professional Development desighn and delivery through her work of 25 years with the former North York Board of Education and the Toronto District School Board.She currently teaches in the Concurrent Teacher Education Program, Faculty of Education, York University.

Dahabo Ibrahim

A Somalian student living in the UNHCR Refugee Camp in Kenya, and part of the BHER (Borderless Higher Education for Refugees) program completing a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Deko Shahow

A Somalian student lliving in the UNHCR Refugee Camp in Kenya, and part of the BHER (Borderless Higher Education for Refugees) program completing a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Mohamed Hajir Siyat

A Somallian student living in the UNHCR Refugee camp in Kenya, and part of the BHER (Borderless Higher Education for Refugees) program completing a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Published

2021-02-08

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Section

Post Colonial Articles, Poetry, Artwork