“EXPERIENCES OF A DIASPORA RETURNEE” by Yeniva Sisay-Sogbeh

Posted: December 17, 2013 in News Stories

Happy to repost, Yeniver is an incredible person. I was lucky enough to have crossed-path with her.

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While growing up in the US, parents always talked about moving back “home” to Sierra Leone. With this in mind, each time I visited Sierra Leone, I was carefully connecting the dots my existence and discovering who I am. It is the one place in the world where I felt connected and had a strong sense of belonging to. And at the end of each visit, I returned to the US feeling incomplete – more like little pieces of me were missing. I realized that being in Sierra Leone felt like home. It was then that the burning desire to return to Sierra Leone was planted in my heart.

On one of our visits during the Christmas holidays, I remember bringing up the subject whilst with my mother and grandfather. I announced “Mom I think it would be a great idea for me to move to Sierra Leone and go…

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