History of the Somali Bantus

Since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991 and the start of the civil war, over 50,000 Somalis including Somali-Bantus have fled to different parts of the world. 12,000 Somali Bantus have been approved by the Department of State to be resettled in the United States of America. The number of the Somali Bantu refugees who settled in Syracuse alone is estimated to be over 500 individuals and over ninety five families. The settlers are coming from a war-torn country. These refugees have a multitude of unique needs.

The SBCA is a charitable organization that was formed in 2004 to help Somali Bantu refugees in the State of New York. The SBCA assists the Somali Bantu refugees in their resettlement activities, and supports their efforts in maintaining their language, culture, and values.

The Somali Bantus diverse people of the Bantu tribes from Central and West Africa, brought to Somalia primarily through slave trade. Treated like foreigners in their own country, many have immigrated to America in hopes of new opportunity for themselves and their families. Today the Somali Bantu people thrive and work to improve the well-being and quality of life of other refugees and their families, and to preserve their diverse cultural heritage.

Watch this video to learn more about the Somali-Bantus.