Somali Slang and New Source of Stress

somaliTwo recent articles provide insight into Somali culture and current events.  Both could help you work with this population.

The first explains the meaning of bofis, Somali slang for the daydream of starting a new life in a far-off land.  Click here to listen to the entire public radio story.  Dreams of a new life could increase flexibility and positivity around starting over.  They could also create unrealistic expectations to address in job readiness preparation.

The second explains why it will become much more difficult for  Somalis in the US to send money home to help support their families.  Click here to read the article, that cites more than $215 in annual remittances to Somalia from family members in the US.  Not being able to continue this support is likely to cause extreme stress for Somali clients.







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