Author: Filsan Darman

The Dugsiga Ceelasha Biyaha as made possible with the help of the students at Purdue University and the College of William and Mary. it took Aadamiga a couple of years to make this a reality but it is finally done. sixty students from low income families who are mostly orphans have started school on December 1, 2016. we ill follow those students for a long time until they are college students in the future. hopefuly some of them will attend Purdue and William and Mary in the future.

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“Every place we have gone something bad has happened,” a Somali woman said. “Now, we don’t know where to go.”

11/23/2016 03:17 pm ET
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ST. PAUL, Minnesota ― The Hasen children came home from school a few weeks ago telling their mother that their fellow Somali classmates were threatening to leave the country because they worried that Donald Trump, who had just won the election, wanted them out. Their mother, Nasra, said she was horrified and had no idea how to respond.

She and six of her eight children only just got here. They moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, in May of this year as refugees who have been on the move, from Somalia through various parts of the Middle East, since 2007.

But her flight mode has yet again been activated since the man preparing to assume the highest office in the land has so vocally denigrated Muslims and refugees.

“Every place we have gone something bad has happened,” she said. “Now, we don’t know where to go.”

Hasen is one of many resettled refugees who have expressed astonishment, apprehension and confusion at this time of presidential transition in the U.S.

The Huffington Post also spoke with several Syrian refugees living in Clarkston, Georgia, about 40 minutes outside of Atlanta. None of those interviewed wished to go on the record with their names out of fear for the safety of family members still in the Middle East.

“Are they going to send me back to Bashar [al Assad]?”

One 65-year-old woman said she worries that if Trump enacts a ban on Muslim immigrants or makes changes to the refugee resettlement program, her family members awaiting resettlement approval won’t be able to join her here.

She’s particularly concerned about one of her sons stuck in Egypt whose child is disabled, she added. His family’s application for resettlement is pending as the vetting process, which usually takes between 18 and 24 months, is still underway.

Another man, here with his pregnant wife and young child, said he fears outright expulsion from the U.S. Would it be to his home country of Syria, he wondered, or to one of the many countries that people flee to, like Jordan or Turkey?

“Are they going to send me back to Bashar [al Assad]?” he said.

Not everyone, however, buys into the Trump hysteria.

A third refugee, who used to teach Arabic in Syria, said he doesn’t believe that Trump will follow through with what he pledged during the campaign. And besides, he said, there would be many legal obstacles.

“There is Congress, there is the Supreme Court and the American people,” he said. “They will not let him do all of this.”

He doubts that people ultimately want to see their country fall behind by 60 or 70 years. But if it really does happen, he said, “we are all in trouble.”

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Amira Darbi (left) and her children Nabiha, Shaker and Hajar have been living in New Jersey since July 2015.

The Darbis, a Syrian refugee family of five that HuffPost has been following for more than a year, expressed similar doubts about Trump’s proclamations.

They all stayed up late on Nov. 8 to watch their first presidential election in the U.S. from their apartment in Jersey City, New Jersey, said Mohamed, the father.

He, like the professor in Clarkston, said he thinks that Trump won’t actually follow through on most of what he’s proposed.

But he did voice some concern about some of the people who Trump is adding to his Cabinet ― specifically future advisers, like Chris Kobach, who have advocated for a Muslim registry.

“Do you think it will actually happen?” he wondered.

He didn’t bother hiding his cynicism around the rise in acts of hate since the election, either.

“Trump is normalizing a lot of the hateful rhetoric out there already,” Mohamed said. “I feel like a lot of Americans now feel more comfortable saying hateful things.”

He and his wife, Amira, both said they felt at ease being in Jersey City because it’s so diverse. Mohamed hasn’t encountered any problems at work, he said, and his children’s teachers have assured the students that they have nothing to worry about.

Except that Nabiha, the eldest, was the victim of an anti-Muslim comment.

A handful of Hispanic students in her eighth-grade class told her that they were happy about Trump’s win.

“You guys are so bad,” they said to her, referencing Muslims.

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Resettlement organizations and community volunteers say they’re committed to continuing to provide for refugees.
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Kismayo Under Pressure as Somali Refugees Return From Kenya
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Mohamed Yousuf
Wednesday November 23, 2016

Camp Kismayo: Most returnees ended up living in camps. Unlike Dadaab camp in Kenya, camps here lack basic services, Kismayo, Somalia, Nov. 18, 2016. (M. Yusuf/VOA)
Camp Kismayo: Most returnees ended up living in camps. Unlike Dadaab camp in Kenya, camps here lack basic services, Kismayo, Somalia, Nov. 18, 2016. (M. Yusuf/VOA)


KISMAYO, SOMALIA — Some 18,000 former refugees have poured into the Somali city of Kismayo this year, with most struggling to find adequate shelter, food, health care and jobs.

Abdullahi Mohamed, a former refugee in his 20s, is hoping he can buck the trend. Unlike most other youths, he’s received training with a local mechanic at a Kismayo garage.

“At least here I have got something to learn and do,” he says. “Back in Dadaab camp [in Kenya], I was not able to get an opportunity like this one I have here today.” His training, originally scheduled to end in a month, has been extended through February.

A U.S.-based non-governmental organization, the American Refugee Council, is sponsoring job training for returnees like Mohamed so they can get the skills they need to support themselves and help Somali society.

Just as important, the ARC and local authorities want to keep youngsters away from Islamist militant groups that continue to operate in the still unstable country.
“Some of the youths who are returning are high school graduates, with the science knowledge they have, al-Shabab may take advantage of them and use them and teach them how to make explosives,” says Abdi Ibrahim Abdi Barre, the deputy mayor of Kismayo. “Young people are vulnerable. If they are not provided with the skills, education and materials they need to pursue their goals, then people will take advantage of them.”

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According to the United Nations refugee agency, at least 34,000 Somalis have returned home since the repatriation process began. Most came back to nothing, complaining of a lack of essential services.

ARC works with business owners in Kismayo to provide returnees with job skills needed in the market.

Shafii Ali, 20, is one of the beneficiaries. He is learning how to make window frames.

“In the training center, I learn how to make window frames and install the glasses. In the beginning, I was thinking its not possible to learn the skill. I am happy now, and I know how to make one,.” he says.

Three months into the training, Ali is looking into the future.“When I complete my training at this center I would like to have my own workshop. And also to help by teaching the skills to the young people who are returning to the country from Dadaab,” he says.
Mohamed says its time for him and other youths to forget the lives in the camp and build a better life in their country.

“Those youths who are coming back, it’s time for them to work and depend on themselves. It’s time for them and me to leave the life of refugee where they depended on others to help them. It’s time to start working and building something for ourselves.”

Abdi Barre noted the society should be involved in shaping the future of its youth.

“Our opportunities are limited but want, we all do agree is that these youths need to show the right direction. They cannot be left alone. We can provide education and create jobs. For this to succeed everyone should be involved. We should not leave this to the aid agencies alone.”

 

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Saturday November 12, 2016

According to the organization's press release, International Organization for Migration began to evacuate migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia stranded in Yemen after a pause due to heavy fighting in the country.
According to the organization’s press release, International Organization for Migration began to evacuate migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia stranded in Yemen after a pause due to heavy fighting in the country.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) began to evacuate migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia stranded in Yemen after a pause due to heavy fighting in the country, according to the organization’s press release issued on Friday.

“IOM evacuation operations are resuming in Yemen, after a pause imposed by airstrikes and ground fights in the country,” the press release said. Mohammed Abdiker, the director of the IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies, stressed his concern about the barbaric deportations of the migrants.

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“What’s happening in the region is a very big concern for us. So far hundreds of migrants have been deported in deplorable conditions,” Abdiker said, as quoted in the press release.

The migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia cross the Red Sea and head for the Gulf states. Yemen, engulfed in a violent confrontation between the country’s Iranian-backed Shia Houthi rebels and the nation’s internationally recognized government, can hardly accommodate new arrivals in the country.

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Somali education worker shares stories of country’s diaspora
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
By Andrew Haffner


Deka Ali introduces herself and gives an introduction of the presentation of “The History of the Somali.” (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)

Deka Ali’s path to her current employment at East Grand Forks Public Schools was, in the literal sense, a long one.

Ali, a native of Somalia who moved from a refugee camp in Kenya to St. Paul at the age of 14, earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and now works as the school district’s bilingual home school coordinator. She describes her role as a “bridge” between Somali students and families and the school district as a whole.

On Wednesday night, Ali expanded that bridging effort to the general public by sharing some of the history of Somalia, including the stories of many of its people who fled the country after it was embroiled in civil war in 1991. In the time since, Somalis have settled throughout the U.S. and have established a community presence in greater Grand Forks.

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“My goal is to see the community, both communities, understand each other,” she said. “I’m hoping I can answer all the questions, and I hope they can understand, if you’re a neighbor of Somalis, just what kind of food they eat, what kind of religion they believe in and why they’re here.”Ali has spoken before with teachers in the district to build common ground on the educational front. She began her outreach to the wider community by screening a short documentary outlining the experience of Somali people in Nashville, Tenn., as they acclimated to the American way of life.

Attendees to the event also received packets of information describing some of the deeper points of Somali culture, as well as the largely Sunni Muslim religious beliefs of the country’s people and the mental toll of coping with armed conflict at home.


An educational video plays as part of the presentation of “The History of the Somali” at the Campbell Library in East Grand Forks on Wednesday. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)

After the documentary ended, Ali shared some of her personal experiences as a member of the Somali diaspora before opening the event to audience questions, which focused on such topics as the immigration process, English language learning and traditional gender roles.

As time goes on, Ali hopes to maintain and expand on the lines of communication between newer Somali arrivals and their neighbors in the Upper Midwest. She encouraged community members to introduce themselves to the Somalis they come into contact with and not be afraid to ask questions about themselves. In doing so, she hopes to foster a greater comfort between cultures.

“We’re here, just like everybody else,” Ali said. “We might come in this generation, but America’s a beautiful country and everyone’s welcome—it doesn’t matter where you come from.”

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