Story: Refugees

Somalis find refuge in New Zealand

Somalis find refuge in New Zealand

Somali refugees who came to New Zealand in the 1990s, fleeing civil war, drought and famine, were the first black Africans to settle in New Zealand in significant numbers. Here, Sarah Said, who had been a pop star in Somalia, enjoys the support of her daughters as she rehearses for a concert in Lower Hutt in 1999.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP-Ethnology-General, Ethnic groups in New Zealand-04

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Refugees - 1970s–2003: refugee groups', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005