ST. CLOUD — Hudda Ibrahim is trying to mend misconceptions and fear with sambusas and Somali tea. On a rainy April day, the 33-year-old college instructor greeted more than two dozen residents for a bimonthly event that she and her husband started in 2017 to counter tensions in the St. Cloud area over the growing Somali refugee population. Ibrahim, a Somali refugee who teaches diversity and social justice at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, created the grassroots effort for people to ask frank questions and have civil conversation, all over — in true Minnesota fashion — hot food. “The goal is to bring people together to discuss who they are and share their experiences,” she said. “We have barriers. Let’s talk about those things.” About 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis, demographic changes have divided the Mississippi River city, which has become home to about 1,500 refugees since 2008, mostly from East Africa. There have been … [Read more...] about St. Cloud teacher counters hate with sambusas and Somali tea
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close Video French firefighters announce Notre Dame Cathedral fire is out Inspectors descend on the iconic Parisian landmark to check the cathedral's structural integrity following massive blaze; Greg Palkot reports. here.**On the roster: The real foundation of Notre Dame - Bernie makes no apologies at Fox News town hall - Dems start to sweat Trump’s fundraising advantage - Pelosi faces heat from party over Omar dispute - HamburglarsTHE REAL FOUNDATION OF NOTRE DAME Kenneth Clark described their creators’ “irrepressible, irresponsible energy.” “The Romanesque carvers were like a school of dolphins,” Clark said in the second episode of his 1969 BBC television series “Civilisation.” And looking at the work you have to agree. Our modern aesthetic recoils from such gaudy ornamentation, but 12th century artists were not looking for spare, clean lines. And like a bunch of dolphins (actually … [Read more...] about The real foundation of Notre Dame
close Video ISIS militants cling to last square mile of land in eastern Syria MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country. FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled. In the case of the Somalis, it's no longer just the men. Early last year, a female was apprehended by authorities on charges of supporting providing material support to Al Qaeda and arson. So what has … [Read more...] about How Minneapolis’ Somali community became the terrorist recruitment capital of the US
june, 2018 Minnesota History Center 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102 23jun10:00 am- 5:00 pmSomalis + Minnesota Exhibit Opening Event DetailsMinnesota is home to the largest population of Somalis in the United States. A relatively recent immigrant group, arriving in large numbers following the outbreak of civil war in Somalia more Event Details Minnesota is home to the largest population of Somalis in the United States. A relatively recent immigrant group, arriving in large numbers following the outbreak of civil war in Somalia in 1991, they have made significant advances in a short amount of time. This February, Rep. Ilhan Omar joined the Minnesota Legislature as the highest-ranking Somali American elected to office in the United States; in just a few years Abdirahman Kahin, owner of Afro Deli, has created one of the most successful restaurants in the Twin Cities with two locations, soon to be three; and in 2014 Kadra Mohamed became St. Paul’s first female … [Read more...] about Somalis + Minnesota Exhibit Opening
As a child in Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin’s friends called him “the American.” He taught himself English by watching American films in the war-ravaged city of Mogadishu, pressing his ear close to the television in a movie shack to hear the actors speaking. He dreamed of moving to America. “Little did I know that someday I would be working as a paid interpreter in Maine,” Iftin writes in his new memoir, “Call Me American“, which debuts Tuesday. In 2015, This American Life chronicled how Iftin won the opportunity for a green card through the Diversity Visa Program and the challenges he faced trying to get to the U.S. despite having “the golden ticket.” His story has also been told by the BBC and The Atlantic. Iftin says that he began to think about writing down his memories after he moved to Maine in August 2014. He said it was while he was looking up at the New England sky, witnessing the change of the seasons for the first … [Read more...] about A Somali refugee always dreamed of being American. Now, he lives in Maine and he’s written a memoir about his journey.