MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Local Somali leaders met in Minneapolis Saturday evening, saying they have to find a way together to strengthen their community and stop terror recruiting.

They talked about ways to deal with anti-Somali sentiments and how to prevent others from leaving the Twin Cities to fight overseas.

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“The safety and security of this country is very important to Somali-Americans,” said Sadik Warfa, Deputy Director of the group Global Somali. “What we’re starting here tonight is an internal dialogue to find a lasting solution.”

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Warfa said youth unemployment and education remain top concerns, and that by addressing those issues, some other problems will be helped.

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No solutions were expected in Saturday’s meeting, but this will be the start of an ongoing discussion.