From the Somali Desert to Urban Life in North America with Shugri Said Salh

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Shugri Said Salh was born in Somalia in 1974. And in 1992, she immigrated to North America after civil war broke out in her home country. She attended nursing school at Pacific Union College and graduated with honors. From her grandmother and the nomadic community in which she spent her early years, she heard stories and learned of their power to entertain, teach, and transform. She now lives in Northern California with her husband and three children and works as a post-operative nurse and infusion specialist. 

Shugri Said Salh is the author of: 

  • The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert (Algonquin books 2021) 

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Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 9/24/2021   Program Number: C0540

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