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Floodwaters rise across the Horn of Africa

International | Heavy rains and mudslides are destroying areas already battling other crises
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/03/19, 04:18 pm

When flash floods rushed through the small East African nation of Djibouti last week, authorities said the influx of water brought the equivalent of two years’ worth of rainfall in a single day. At least nine people died, and the flooding affected up to 250,000 people nationwide.

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Just like in the movies

Books | When the Mareekans came to Mogadishu
by Abdi Nor Iftin
Posted 11/09/19, 09:20 am

Abdi Nor Iftin’s Call Me American is the inspiring autobiography of a Somali refugee who loved Western dance moves and became known as “Abdi American.” After many tribulations, his desire to work hard and willingness to take risks eventually bore fruit with him obtaining a visa to live in the United States. Here’s an excerpt, courtesy of Vintage, chronicling Iftin’s first encounter with Americans in the flesh. Call Me American made WORLD’s short list for 2018 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category. —Marvin Olasky

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Little Mogadishu on the Mississippi

Immigration | Minnesota’s Somali Americans strive to free their community from violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/24/19, 01:55 pm

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in downtown Minneapolis is nicknamed “Little Mogadishu” because of its Somali American population. On Somali Street, a mall rests inside a wide, blue bungalow. There, different vendors in stalls sell traditional clothes, food items, and duvets. 

A few feet away, a two-story brick building houses the Masjid Darul-Quba mosque and a cultural center. Opposite the mall, several mothers stroll with their children in a small park. Signs for Somali restaurants and other small businesses dot more streets.

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