Apr 20th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Descriptive Comparative Secondary Analysis of the Somali Bantu Population in Africa vs. Boise

Faculty Sponsor

Kim Martz, MSN, RN


Background: In the early eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Bantu were brought as slaves from Tanzania and Mozambique to Somalia. In 1991, a civil war in Somalia displaced the Bantu to Kenyan refugee camps. In 1999, the Bantu people were considered “persecuted” due to the dangers and mistreatments of the camps as well as the violence that they faced in their homeland. They are now in the process of migration to the US, and into Boise. There are an estimated 40,000 Somali refugees within the US, and Boise is home to approximately 261 individuals.

Purpose: The purpose of this descriptive secondary analysis is to provide insight to this population that currently resides in Boise, ID. This review will support evidence of the lives and culture of the Somali Bantu in Africa compared to their transitions into life in Boise, ID. Methodology: The descriptive analysis will be completed through a literature review, and a comparative secondary analysis of the data that the Boise State Research team has regarding this population here in Boise. Implications: This comparative analysis will illuminate the similarities and differences of the Somali Bantu, and will promote a greater understanding of the transitions and adaptations they have had to make to their own culture, and how that may effect this population. The information will be disseminated in hopes of promoting more effective care of the Somali Bantu people.