Shelbyville Bantu Background

I missed this article in the Times-Gazette of Shelbyville, TN yesterday when I wrote about Somalis swarming to that city.  The extreme cultural adjustment problems of Somalis are ones we have heard about elsewhere.

The Bantu have enormous barriers to overcome in their introduction to American society. Their status as immigrants, their lack of English skills, illiteracy and the fact they possess no modern job skills, will only make the challenge that much harder.


The Center [Cultural Orientation Resource Center] also states that resettlement professionals will have to deal with significant health care, sanitation, and social support issues relating to small children and mothers, pointing out that the Bantu use pit latrines and “are unfamiliar with typical American bathroom facilities and common sanitation items such as diapers and feminine care products.”

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