As dusk falls in the Turkish capital Ankara, two Somalian restaurants near the city center Kizilay come to life. Though they start quite early to host guests, they turn a home away from home for African students in the evening.

A rendezvous for African community and a place to beat freezing Ankara temperatures, students, tourists, and entrepreneurs gather to discuss different issues and ways to live thousands of miles away from their continent around tables, tasting bites of Sambusa — a triangular fried pastry dish filled with spicy minced meat — and sips of Somali tea in colorful cups.

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