“Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle” looks into the lives of the Somali population in Minnesota. In the second part of this series, WCCO’s Susie Jones takes a look at a program called “Heartland Democracy.”
“Home Grown: The Somali-American Struggle” looks into the lives of the Somali population in Minnesota. In the second part of this series, WCCO’s Edgar Linares takes a look at how young men are being recruited.
When Somali migration began in the 1990s, there were three places they went: The United Arab Emirates, South Africa and the United States. Cawo Abdi, a Somali sociology professor at the University of Minnesota, says the U.S. is the most coveted of all the places.
Some local immigrants say they, and their families, are being unfairly affected by an anti-terrorism effort. Most banks that have helped east African immigrants wire money home are no longer doing that.
A man who allegedly contacted a terror suspect who’s wanted in Minnesota for his ties to al-Shabab has been charged with lying to the FBI. Mahdi Hussein Furreh is indicted in federal court in Minnesota on one count of making a false statement. According to the indictment, Furreh lied to the FBI in January when he denied knowing anyone by the name of “Adaway.”
The nation’s largest community of Somalis is on a mission to stamp out recruiting for Syrian extremist groups in Minneapolis after a handful of people left to join militants. Community leaders and law-enforcement agencies fear the extremists are looking for more recruits. The anti-jihad work is not unlike efforts to keep young people out of gangs in any number of other U.S. cities.
Voters in Minneapolis have sent a Somali-American to their city council for the first time, a sign of the immigrant community’s growing strength in the city. Abdi Warsame took 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, well ahead of incumbent Robert Lilligren.
An international terror group is once again targeting young Somali men and women in the Twin Cities. This time the group is using social media to get them to travel to Somalia to fight.
Police are looking for as many as six or seven Somali men after two joggers were randomly attacked in Fridley. Authorities said two joggers were the victims of what are being labeled as random attacks on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.
Fire Captain Tracy Moore applied for a $20,000 grant geared towards connecting communities and won it. Her goal is to improve the fire department’s relationship with the Somali community
The FBI says it is looking into allegations that two agents intimidated a Somali man.
A Minnesota man accused of helping supply fighters to a terror group in Somalia started laughing during questioning last year when authorities played recordings of phone calls in which he spoke about al-Shabab, then later told an interpreter: “They got me,” an FBI agent testified Monday.
An American who admitted traveling to Somalia to train with al-Shabab is testifying against a Minnesota man accused of helping supply the terror group with fighters.
Dozens of Somalis in the Twin Cities are being joined by members of the area’s Latino community to protest their inability to transfer money back home to their loved ones.
Rep. Keith Ellison says officials in Washington are still trying to find a way for Somalis in the U.S. to safely and efficiently send remittances back home.
A Somali-American who pleaded guilty to a terror charge in Minnesota will be allowed to live in Ohio with his wife and child pending sentencing.
At a mid-town Wells Fargo bank a large group of Minnesota Somalis gathered Friday to remove their money from the bank and protest.
Hundreds of Minnesota Somalis are rallying to draw attention to the closing of businesses they use to send money back to Somalia.
A bank that handles the majority of money transfers from Minnesota to Somalia said Friday it would continue that service until Dec. 30, allowing funds to keep flowing into the war-torn and famine-stricken country while officials discuss ways to reduce the bank’s risk.
Tens of thousands of Somalis living in Minnesota might be forced to find another way to send money to relatives in their homeland after a bank that handles the majority of the community’s wire transfers said it was halting the service amid fears some funds could go to terrorists.
Sony Pictures is seeking Somalis in Minneapolis to appear in a new Tom Hanks movie, “Capt. Phillips.”
The St. Cloud School Board has approved an agreement which ends an investigation into complaints that Somali students were being harassed.
The St. Cloud school board is set to approve an agreement that would settle a federal civil rights investigation into the alleged harassment of Somali students at two high schools.
UNICEF estimates that more than three million children are suffering in Somalia’s famine. Various relief efforts are underway in Minneapolis, which is home to the largest Somali immigrant community in the United States.
A federal court filing in Minneapolis sheds new light on the way prosecutors believe Somali men living in Minnesota were recruited to fight with a terror group in their homeland.