Somali-Americans Struggle, Living in Two Worlds

Thursday, December 02, 2010

People walk past the media to enter the US Courthouse where suspected Portland car bomber Mohamed Osman Mohamud is having his first court appearance on November 29, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty)

The arrest of 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud, in connection with a failed plot to detonate a car bomb in Portland, Oregon, has brought attention to the nation’s growing Somali community. Even before Mohamud's arrest, young Somalis have often become the focus of negative media attention — often linked to gang violence, stories of radicalization and drug or sex trafficking.

Speaking contrary to that image, Zuhur Ahmed — host of Somali Community Link on our affiliate KFAI in Twin Cities, Minnesota — argues that the Somali experience is a uniquely American story: that of a first generation community struggling to build its roots. 


Zuhur Ahmed

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Hsi-Chang Lin

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