During 2000-2001, the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies collected the personal histories of African immigrants living in the Philadelphia area. Each interviewee represents different African nationalities and different immigrant experiences.  These interviews were conducted by Leigh Swigart, ethnographer for the project.  All photographs by Vera Viditz-Ward unless otherwise indicated.

Massa Washington LOGO

Massa Washington, Liberian, Journalist/Social worker 

 

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Cyprian with clients LOGO Cyprian Anyanwu, Nigerian, Social Worker/Politician Read the interview (pdf)
  Ibrahim Sanogo, Ivorian, paralegal Read the interview (pdf)
  Belaynesh Henok, Ethiopian, braiding salon owner Read the interview (pdf)
  Joan Gandy-Williams, Sierra Leonean (Mende), Social Worker Read the interview (pdf)
  Joseph Dayrell, Liberian, social worker Read the interview (pdf)
  Aklilu Senbeta, Ethiopian (Oromo), Parking garage attendant

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Alfred Kanga, Sierra Leonean (Mende), Chaplain

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  Kuot Mapeok, Sudanese, (Dinka) social worker Read the interview (pdf)
 

Alwiya Omar, Tanzanian Professor 

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  Nebiat Tesfa, Eritrean, Electrical engineer Read the interview (pdf)
  Seydou Coulibaly, Mauritanian, ESOL teacher Read the interview (pdf)
  Siddiq Hadi, Sudanese, Businessman Read the interview (pdf)
 

Suzette Osei, Ghanaian, Medical doctor

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