Portrait Photography and Storytelling - London - Yusuf Nur Awale - Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, 1977
Photographs I created for Hackney Museum, London . This content was made for storytelling and exhibition purposes.
I came to England in 1999 from Somalia, fleeing from civil war. I was given Indefinite Leave to remain in the UK as refugee status...In general, life is so difficult for the first generation of immigrants in a new country; there are language barriers and culture shock. At first life here was hard for me. I wanted to quickly become integrated into this society and feel at home as a British citizen... I want to keep my own Somali identity. If I don’t have my own identity as a Somali how can I help others? It is important to know your roots and your history.