Somali-American youth in Minneapolis would suddenly go missing, telling their parents they were going out with friends or just off to do some laundry — only to board planes to Africa. About 20 young men have disappeared so far, and they are believed to have traveled to Somalia to join a terrorist group. NPR first reported this story in January and on Wednesday law enforcement officials told Congress how they think the young men are recruited and what threat they might pose to the United States.
While it has been difficult for outsiders to piece together the names of the dozen or so men who disappeared, Ruqia Mohamed, Samiya Ahmed and Sahra Qaxiya know most of them by name, nickname, Facebook and family. In an empty University of Minnesota classroom where Mohamed and Ahmed are students, the three talk about the men now believed to have joined a terrorist group. Ruqia Mohamed rattles off descriptions of her missing friends.
He then vanished. Islamic fighters drill in Somalia last month. The FBI says men are traveling from the U.
Michel Martin. Dina Temple-Raston. Minneapolis is home to the largest Somali expatriate community in the U. But the Midwestern city is now the scene of an international mystery: dozens of young Somali men have gone missing, and there are worries that the disappeared men are being drawn into a Somali militia group.
The buildings are home to thousands of Somali families. Jama said mentors at the Coyle center helped him come out his shell. He joined the neighborhood's youth council and started to take on big responsibilities.
Children in war-torn Somalia face horrific abuses, including forced recruitment as soldiers, forced marriage and rape, and attacks on their schools by the parties to the conflict. Those responsible are never held to account. Children, defined as anyone under age 18, have suffered disproportionately from the ongoing conflict.
Rochester, Minn. It's dimly lit but filled with brightly colored silk flowers. She's lived here eight years with her children.
After more than two decades of conflict, a generation of Somali children lost the opportunity for formal education and other benefits of a stable childhood. Further, only 18 per cent of children in rural households are in school. Extremely high rates of poverty in communities across Somalia make it difficult for parents to afford school fees.
The year-old Somali boy who last Sunday hopped a fence at San Jose International Airport and clambered into a wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jetliner survived the tripbut he has not spoken publicly about the ordeal. A teenage friend in California, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak for the family, said the boy was quiet, shy and religious, sorely missing his mother. The boy hid in the wheel well for a five-and-a-half-hour trip over the Pacific Ocean, surviving despite incredibly low temperatures and low oxygen.