They were Somali Americans? That's something new for me lol
There are quite a lot of Somalis in Hyderabad who landed here as refugees and have become completely assimilated.
However, these days there are a LOT of people coming from the Middle East and Africa to study here. Pretty much every country from that region has students here, even Saudis - that was a shocker coz Saudi unis are much much better than ours, I had even applied there for grad school only to have my name on the waitlist since a year, and its still there
I also know of Indians who were born and brought up in the US who moved here and live in the older part of the city, where even I don't want to live lol
After the IT/ITES boom, a lot of Americans and Europeans have moved here for work. Recently, I also came across a Spanish couple who came here to get involved with the local theatre community. Then there are Chinese people who have been living here for generations and run the most amazing restaurants
So, Hyderabad is not as backward as most people think
PS - On the negative side, Hyderabad is also quite famous for surrogate motherhood. There seem to be a lot of "fertility clinics" that popped up in recent years. Again, people come in from all over the world for that. There was also a documentary made by Al Jazeera on this.
Edited - I forgot Yemenis
In pre independence Hyderabad, the ruler Osman Ali Khan had brought in Yemenis for his army and situated them in barracks(that place is now called barkas, thanks to the hydi style of twisting everything) outside the city. Those yemenis are no longer yemenis now, they even forgot arabic except for a handful of really old people. Even the bland arab food has become spicy lol