Somalia president condemns Minnesota ter…
The president of Somalia on Sunday denounced the recruiting of young men from Minnesota’s huge Somali community for terrorist activity in his war-ravaged homeland, and said he plans to work with the U.S. government to bring those still alive back home.
Ahmed is in Minnesota for three days as he tries to build support for his struggling government. He’s met with scholars, university students, former Somali leaders, women, elders and others.
Sunday evening, he spoke to about 5,000 people at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The crowd cheered when Ahmed again condemned the terrorist recruiting.
“Those responsible for this trouble, I am asking them to stop what they are doing,” he said in Somali that was translated.
Ahmed expressed his condolences to the parents of the young men who have been recruited and said his government would give them any assistance it could. He said he was saddened to see the men flee the U.S. to engage in violence.
“These parents brought their children here for a peaceful life,” he said.
Ahmed also plans trips to Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, another city with a large Somali population, as he continues to advocate for peace in Somalia.