Voices on the Move

Adam Hassan, fled Somalia due to insecurity and conflict.
February 09, 2012 Written by: Leandro Oduor

"It is no place to make a life"

Adam Hassan is a 29 years old Somali man who came to Kenya where he is supported by his extended family.

Q. What made you leave Somalia?
It is not safe in Somalia. There has been fighting, then it stopped when I was a boy. Now again….so much and everybody is fighting. If they see a young man, they want you to fight.; the militia, the government…to much mess. You cannot go to work because they catch you and give you AK-47. It is no place to make a life…

Q. How did you come to Kenya?
I have many relatives in Garissa. They told me to come. They planned everything I just went where they told me. When I came across the border many Somalis are coming everyday, young people. My uncle told me that the family has arranged everything and not to worry. I came with my uncle to Nairobi. I stay with him.

Q. What happened when you arrived in Nairobi?
I work with my uncle in his shoe shop. There are many Somalis here and I feel safe. We laugh and eat together. No bombing or shooting every night. When I came, others, they tell me be careful from the police. But my uncle he says that he will look after me….no need to fear. We Somalis here, we keep each other. But I am young. I want to go to the U.K. where I hear things are good. My brother is there lakini ni ngumu sana (but it’s very difficult) to get papers.

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