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Salwa Sidahmed: Sudan, Egypt and Olivier Shabani: DRC

Olivier Shabani '19 (left) and Salwa Sidahmed '19

Olivier Shabani '19 (left) and Salwa Sidahmed '19

Olivier Shabani '19 (left) and Salwa Sidahmed '19

Olivier Shabani '19 (left) and Salwa Sidahmed '19

Salwa Sidahmed: Sudan, Egypt and Olivier Shabani: DRC

Everyone has a different way of remembering their roots.

Salwa: Both of my parents are Sudanese and my dad was raised in Sudan, my mom was raised in Egypt. I don’t get to go back to Africa a lot, in fact I’ve only been to Sudan twice so the Arabic language and wearing Sudanese clothing is the way that I feel like I can still be connected to my culture while I’m living in America.

Olivier Shabani ’19 (left) and Salwa Sidahmed ’19

Olivier: I was born [in Africa]. I’ve lived there for like eight years of my life and then I came here. This [shirt] was made in Africa and then sent here to me and they kind of represent who I am and where I come from. Our tradition of having to wear handmade clothes from our parents that we’re given and pass it on.  

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