– Fadhiya, who runs a Somali community centre, is preparing a weekly lunch for 10 women.
Having parked their babies’ prams in various corners, the women converse in Somali, catching up about politics in the motherland and the latest Somali soap operas
as their children play.
Her hub was imagined as a typical community centre for Somali women, but in 2020, it quickly transformed into an essential tool to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
She contacted 38-year-old Abdirahim Hassan, who, along with his sister in 2018, set up a nongovernmental organisation led by people of colour in Hackney focused on social injustices — Coffee Afrik.
Now, just as they are getting settled, inflation in the United Kingdom is soaring, and a new problem threatens to upend their lives – the cost of living crisis.