Bantu Refugees Due to Arrive in U.S. NPR's Jennifer Ludden looks at preparations in the United States for the arrival of Bantu refugees. The Bantu, whose ancestors were slaves in Somalia, are discriminated against there. The United States has agreed to accept thousands of them. Dozens of the Bantu are due to arrive in the United States next week from refugee camps in Kenya, where some have lived for years. Knowing little of U.S. culture, including amenities such as toilets, the Bantu are getting training in life skills in Kenya, but will need more education and financial help when they arrive at their new U.S. homes.