Families fear missing men returned to Somalia

  • Article by: CHRIS HAVENS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 6, 2008 - 9:41 PM

Three families gathered in Minneapolis on Saturday seeking information; they think their relatives may have gone back to fight.

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wild5042Dec. 6, 0811:43 PM

Being that Somalia has no formal government as evidenced by the fact that our federal judges will not deport people to Somalia that have been found in violation of our immigration or convicted of violating our federal criminal laws-it be impossible for US govt agencies to track these folks down. Remember what some in Somalia did to our armed forces who brought food to feed the starving in their country. If these boys and some are the age of men prefer to live in a war torn country or better yet, afre volunteering to be tour guides for shipping vessel around the horn of Africa, little can or should be done by the US govt to find them.

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wild5042Dec. 6, 0811:46 PM

The best thing law enforcement officals can do is keep these non citizen folks from reentering the US after their vacation to Somalia to insure we are not treated to whatever activities they are learning on their field trip.

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dionnerrrDec. 6, 0811:59 PM

You automatically think these young men, because their families are from Somalia, are not US citizens. How would you feel if they were one of your relatives, your son, cousin or brother? I am guessing you would want Law Enforcement to step in and help you find them. Who says they volunteered to go? What if they were kidnapped or threatened? Don't automatically assume they are on a field trip of fun. It could be life or death for them. Stop being so arrogant and have some compassion.

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wild5042Dec. 7, 0812:39 AM

Read the article: "Relatives said Saturday that they have received phone calls from their missing family members; each call's content was similar and each caller said he was safe and somewhere in Somalia." So, I guess it was a real leap to believe that they returned to Somalia. I do have compassion for the families who would like to locate their juvenile children-not men in their 20's who decide to leave America. Citizens or not, they are free to leave the US and if they are not citizens, they are not free to enter anytime they want. As I already stated, it is near impossible for the US gov't to locate folks in a country with no formal government nor should they try for adult males. I know, I know--we have the FBI tracking down so many kidnappings of people to Somalia--give me a break.

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whittidavidDec. 7, 08 7:07 AM

Since they left America and went home to Somalia, It probably wont hurt our feelings, if they decide to stay in Somalia !!

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grannylDec. 7, 08 7:41 AM

Fighting for a better life in Somalia if not their own young men? Apparantly they expect the US to do that as well!

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MikeBradDec. 7, 08 7:53 AM

The callous comments encouraging immigrants to return home echo the historic racism that has been felt by new arrivals, marginalized citizens and communities of color throughout our history. As we strive to evolve to a more pluralistic society, the remarks posted above only reinforce how much work we have ahead (e.g., Just wondering. . .). Having worked closely with the Somali community for years, I find myself extremely worried for the well-being of the missing young men, their families and our local Somali community. I encourage those who possess such disdain for this or any other group to challenge themselves to reach out and get to know the people. Hate cannot maintain itself in the face of shared laughter, common understanding and bonds of trust. Let's keep the hope.

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jillianleeDec. 7, 08 9:25 AM

The previous comments absolutely disgust me. Do you all realize we live in the 21st century and your comments belong in the hate-filled times of the pre-Civil Rights? Your assumptions that these men are a) gang-bangers and b) non-U.S. citizens are so shallow. Ever thought about the life these men saw before they came to the U.S.? They came here for a better life and while they knew they were coming to a new place, I'm sure they didn't expect to be so publicly harassed by people like yourselves because of their background, struggles and the color of their skin. Welcome to the 21st century, all...it's a great place.

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lotorshagDec. 7, 08 9:27 AM

Now ownder these young men may have returned to Somalia. The hatred and misunderstanding rampant in these comments is disgusting. I am a white American senior citizen and I am appalled at the callous comments I have read. Unless you people are Native Americans, according to your standards, you don't belong here either. This country has been built by people of all races and beliefs so GET OVER YOURSELVES.

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person25Dec. 7, 08 9:38 AM

Minnesota Public Radio reports this: "One man who disappeared from Minneapolis earlier is believed to have killed himself in an Oct. 29 suicide bombing that killed more than 20 people in northern Somalia, according to a U.S. law enforcement official who spoke last week on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. That official confirmed that the FBI and Justice Department were investigating. Another U.S. law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said authorities are calling that case one of the first instances in which a U.S. citizen has acted as a suicide bomber." I think the above comments that "they all should go back" are disgusting, but likewise I think that to ignore the likelihood that there are people in Minnesota willing to be recruited for terrorism is naive.

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