(Re)Presenting Somalis: Integration TV

An aspiring entrepreneur Hodan Nalayeh felt Western media lacked nuance on Somalia and launched her own YouTube channel to counter oversimplified or exaggerated media coverage.

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Hodan Nalayeh says she wanted Somali people to be able to explore and connect with their heritage. “That’s why I chose to make Integration TV.” (Courtesy of Integration TV)
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The wreckage of an American helicopter sits October 14, 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia. This Black Hawk helicopter was used to root out ammo caches and was subsequently shot down by Somali warlords. (Credit: SCOTT PETERSON/ LIAISON / Getty Images)
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Somali troops participate in training exercises. In 1977–78 Somali forces invaded the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, an area inhabited by Somalis. (Credit: Getty Images)
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Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and K’Naan perform on stage during the FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert at the Orlando Stadium on June 10, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Credit: Michelly Rall / Getty Images)
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Somalis take out boats to sea to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on June 15, 2018, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan at Lido Beach Mogadishu. (Credit: Mohammed Abdiwahab / Getty Images)

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