DIASPORA // identity lost, identity found

by Iman Abbaro

This work appears in Khabar Keslan Issue 2. PASSAGE

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Whether we immigrate to escape the harsh realities of political turmoil, or to seek better opportunities in another man’s land; leaving our home often means leaving a part of our identities behind. According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), there are more than twenty million migrants working within the MENA region, or in Europe. Those who are a part of the African Diaspora in particular, are no strangers to the loss of their identities as they immigrate elsewhere due to inevitable assimilation.

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Although I lost a part of my Sudanese identity as I attempted to integrate into different societies, I found myself clinging on to my heritage. As immigrants, we often hold on to our identities without realizing it as we attempt to assimilate or integrate into a new society. This is a reminder that immigration does not mean completely letting go of our heritage and our identities. We may lose ourselves along the journey only to find ourselves with a stronger sense of our heritage and a new identity formed within our new home.


Iman Abbaro is a Sudanese political science student by day; and a visual artist, photographer and videographer by night. She is based between the crowded streets of Toronto and Cairo.