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US authorities, community work together to counter extremism

Members of the Somali CVE taskforce. Photo: Jason Tan

MINNEAPOLIS — When Andrew Luger became the United States Attorney for Minnesota in February 2014, the problem of young Somali men in the community leaving America to join the radical Islamist insurgent group Al Shabab in the civil war in Somalia was easing off, only for a new form of terror recruitment to surface. “I […]

October 5th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

St. Anthony: Abdullahi Hussein opens first Somali-owned medical practice in Twin Cities

Abdullahi Hussein, a veteran physician assistant who comes from an entrepreneurial family, has opened what is believed to be the first Somali-owned medical clinic in the Twin Cities at 47th and Hiawatha avenues S.

Physician assistant Abdullahi Hussein, a veteran medical professional who has worked at the Mayo Clinic and in the Cedar-Riverside area, opened his own walk-in clinic last month at 47th and Hiawatha avenues. Hussein, 32, hails from a family of traders and shopkeepers and is one of only two licensed Somali-American physician assistants in the Twin […]

October 4th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Yahya Samatar, Somali who swam into Canada, wins bid to stay here

Yahya Samatar stands with Karin Gordon, executive director of resettlement for Hospitality House Refugee Ministry, just before the start of Wednesday's hearing. (Kaj Hasselriis/CBC)

Yahya Samatar, the Somali man who swam across the Red River from North Dakota to Manitoba, is allowed to stay in Canada as a “protected person” and cannot be deported, ruled an adjudicator today. Immediately after the hearing Wednesday morning at the Victory Building in Winnipeg, Samatar broke into a smile, telling CBC News he […]

October 1st, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Manitoba to give emergency funds for refugee assistance program

Sahra Ali Ahmed, her six-year-old son, Amin, and three other refugee claimants had walked for seven hours to reach the Canada-U.S. border crossing at Emerson, Man., over the weekend. (Karen Pauls/CBC)

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council had warned that funding would run out on Wednesday A Manitoba program that helps refugees with paperwork and legal issues will get emergency funding from the provincial government. Funding for the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council’s paralegal program originally came from the provincial nominee program, but that funding ended in 2012 when […]

September 30th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Prosecutors to disclose identity of ISIS informant in January


Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office have agreed to reveal the identity in January of an FBI informant who secretly taped a group of his friends as they allegedly conspired to join the terrorist group ISIS. The case against the alleged ISIS recruits is largely based on recordings that the informant provided to prosecutors. During […]

September 16th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Minneapolis Somali Community Targets Terrorist Recruitment

Somali youth gather in Currie Park near the Cedar-Riverside Apartment Complex on June 27, 2011, in Minneapolis.

A year after then-Attorney General Eric Holder announced a federal pilot program to counter violent extremist recruitment in American cities, Minneapolis is moving into the implementation phase of their plan to ward off Islamic State group recruitment in its Somali community. On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger announced the commitment of nearly $1 […]

September 11th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Defendant in ISIL terror case to plead guilty Wednesday

Hanad Musse, 19, will appear in federal court on Wednesday.

One of 7 suspects accused of planning to leave U.S. to fight in Syria expected to plead guilty Hanad Musse, one of seven defendants charged with conspiring to leave the United States to fight alongside terrorists in Syria, is expected to plead guilty in federal court in Minneapolis, according to documents filed Tuesday. Plea negotiations […]

September 9th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Europe’s migrant crisis can be averted by investment in Africa, says Somali foreign minister


Somalia’s minister of foreign affairs has urged his fellow citizens not to join the exodus of African migrants to Europe, saying the country is now on the mend and need them to help rebuild it. In an intervention in the debate now dividing Europe’s politicians, Abdusalam Omer said that hard-won improvements in the war-scarred nation’s […]

September 6th, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Al-Shabaab kills ‘over 50’ Amisom soldiers, say Western sources

Ugandan Special Forces soldiers belonging to Amisom take part in an operation to clear a suspected building in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. At least 50 African Union soldiers are believed to have been killed after Al-Shabaab militants overran a military camp in Janale District in southern Somalia on September 1, 2015. PHOTO |OBIN JONES | AFP |AMISOM.

At least 50 African Union soldiers are believed to have been killed and another 50 are missing after Al-Shabaab militants overran a military camp in southern Somalia on Tuesday, according to Western military officials. “It is assessed that at least 50 Amison troops died,” said a briefing note sent to diplomats by Western military officials […]

September 2nd, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

Lewiston: Somalis go from homeless to homes poisoned with lead


In 2000 and 2001, Somali refugees poured into Lewiston. And while they found a home there, they also found trouble. “The initial crisis was getting people off the streets, off of homelessness, into homes,” Fatuma Hussein, head of United Somali Women of Maine, said. “We didn’t know what we were getting into.” What the Somali […]

September 1st, 2015 | Posted in English News,Wararka | Read More »

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