“The Tea Ladies: Exploring the Lived Experience of Female Migrant Tea-Sellers in Sudan”
This research paper examines the day-to-day lived experiences of female migrant tea-sellers in the Sudanese capital city of Khartoum, focusing in particular on the survival strategies used in order to acculturate to and cope with their surroundings, and on issues of identity, vulnerability, and agency. This first field study to focus on the lives of Sudanese tea-sellers is based on a series of in-depth personal interviews with over 30 respondents.
Omnya is Sudanese by birth, Swedish by nationality, Middle Eastern by acculturation, and currently lives in the Netherlands, where she is earning an MA in Globalization and Development Studies in the (probably vain) hopes of one day escaping student penury. She reads, she procrastinates, she botches recipes, and every once in a while she writes about herself in the third person.