Documentary on the Somali Refugee Experience

Getting Here from There: The Somali Refugee Experience When: Tuesday, April 14th, 2009, 5:00-9:00pm Where: Mondale Hall (Law Building), Room 25 University of Minnesota, 229 19th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55455   From the refugee camps of Dadaab, Kenya to Libya, Malta, and the European mainland, Somali refugees have faced and continue to face harrowing journeys as they … Continue reading

news / Society

Minneapolis Mosque Opens Its Doors to the Community

by Nelima  Neighbors and friends; reporters, local politicians and law enforcement streamed through the doors of Abubakar As-Sadique Mosque to interact with the Somali Community. The response to an open house invitation by the mosque was overwhelming. Media reports connecting the Minneapolis mosque to the Somali men alleged to have gone back to Somalia to … Continue reading


Public Discusssion on News Coverage of Somali Community Tonight

by Nelima Sorry for the short notice. If you have found the news coverage of the Somali (and by extension African community) wanting, come with your questions, complaints and most importantly suggestions. Where: U of MN Journalism School — Murphy Hall Room 130 When: Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 7:15 – 9:00 p.m What: A discussion about news … Continue reading

news / Opinion / Politics

Why can’t mainstream media exercise ‘responsible journalism’ when reporting on the Somali Community?

by Nelima For the past couple of weeks I have watched Minnesota’s mainstream media attraction to the Somali community grow into an addiction.  I don’t know what’s worse the fact that  the news is always negative or that the investigation of these stories have been half-hearted nature and at times baseless. Whatever the case, the … Continue reading


Brian Coyle Community Center food shelves lay bare.

In today’s Minnesota Daily there’s an article talking about the diminishing stock of food at the Brian Coyle Center’s metal food shelves. The only thing that’s worse than the dwindling food and money contributions is the increasing demand. Since July, when Becky Burand took over responsibility for the Brian Coyle food shelf, she’s seen monthly increases in … Continue reading