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The War on Terror Is a War on Minnesota's Peaceful, Entrepreneurial Somali Immigrants
Minnesota's Somali communities have become domestic fronts ... such meeting telling the Somalis in attendance that they should welcome FBI agents into their homes as long as they have nothing to hide. "Somebody else had to go up there and immediately ...
Eric Boehm | January 3, 2018
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When Abdirahman Kahin landed in the United States in 1997, he only knew a handful of peopleHe pooled his money with a few other Somali refugees who landed the same day in AtlantaThey rented a van, pointed the steering wheel north and headed for Minnesota, a strange land nothing like their former home.
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Twenty years after fleeing war and famine in Somalia, Kahin is peacefully feeding hundreds of Minnesotans every dayHe's the owner of The Afro Deli, a successful restaurant that he opened in 2010 after more than a decade of working low-paying jobsHe serves Somali food, but made "Minnesota spicy" as a concession to the stereotypically Nordic tastes of many MidwesternersThe restaurant, Kahin says, is a bridge between cultures.
But his big smiles and delicious food belie the difficulties that Kahin and others like him have faced in coming to America and building a life hereHe has a classic immigrant success story, one that has been replicated for centuries as waves of foreigners seek a better lifeBut he worries that America is now making it harder than ever for others to follow in his footsteps.
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