Somali Leaders Fight Increased Terrorism Recruitment in MN
Posted at: 09/11/2013 10:09 PM
Updated at: 09/12/2013 12:57 PM
By: Nick Winkler
Leaders in the Somali community are fighting hard to beat back a ramped up recruitment effort following a sophisticated video. The video depicts men who traveled from Minneapolis to Somalia for jihad and is being used as a recruiting tool.
Community leaders say as many as 40 Somalis have disappeared from Minnesota since 2006. That's double the estimate reported previously. Many have turned up on battlefields in Somalia.
Headway is being made, though, as community leaders say they are winning over the community and convincing young men to ignore Al Shabaab. However, a high unemployment rate in the Somali community makes the population vulnerable.
As a result, an effort is underway to provide training and job skills to Somalis.