BBC feature on Welsh ‘Degmo’

BBC Radio 4 had a lovely feature this morning about the Degmo Centre, a farm in Wales where Somalis from Britain’s inner cities come to learn about their rural roots. In Somalia, families often send children to spend time with relatives in the countryside, something that isn’t possible when you live in the inner city and there are no relatives in any nearby countryside. So, at Degmo they learn about herding sheep and milking cows, and all the other things they’d have learned back home.

It was on at 6:30am this morning, but you can still listen to it online for a week or so (at least if you’re in the UK). There was a feature about it in the Guardian in August also.

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  • LeedsLad

    Hamish Wilson was a man who stood by Somalis when the rest of the western world were helping to kill them.

    The Wilsons must be the last Britishness standing. I hope they will be given a hand and even expand such programmes.

    From http://www.democracynow.org/2009/8/12/sharlet

    JEFF SHARLET: Indeed. And Grassley has been involved with the organization for quite some time, since the ’80s, when he traveled to Somalia to join Barre, Siad Barre, in prayer to Jesus. And he brought with him a defense contractor named Bill Brehm.

    And Barre was a kind of a cynical character, as you might expect for a dictator. He was very clear. He says, “I’m willing to pray to Jesus, and here’s what I want in return.” He says, “I want my defense budget doubled.” He says, “I want meetings for my officials with the Reagan White House. And I want a sort of a hands-off policy while I crack down on some rebels.” Doug Coe, the leader of the group, wrote back, in essence, “Done, done and done.”

    And when we look at history, so it was. And Barre used those weapons, supplied to him in part by the US, to wage a war of almost biblical proportion on his own people, from which Somalia has not recovered to this day. The Family doesn’t consider that a failure; they consider that God’s will for Somalia.

  • s.ali

    finally something nice to blog. Thanks YUSUF

  • Thersites

    “In Somalia, families often send children to spend time with relatives in the countryside,” Not only in Somalia- I used to be shipped off to the west of Ireland in the summer holidays. One of the early intentions of the E.U. agricultural policy was to support part-time family farms in France and Germany, which functioned in a similar way. There’s a fascinating book- Warriors and Strangers- by Gerald Hanley telling of his time in Somalia during WWII as a peace-keeping district officer.

  • Saggal

    Salaams Yusuf,

    Thanks for this. I will download it and make sure to send my kids there…ah, it’s not a podcast so can’t download it. Will just listen then. Thanks again.