The Global/Local section focuses on connections between Minnesotans and the world.

A letter to my ພໍ່ father in 1984

At the age of two, my brother Ti fell along the waterfront from a fatal allergic reaction to penicillin, given to him by a medic who had no other available medicine for children. At the age of 10 months, my sister Vilay turned cold blue and stopped breathing in my mother’s arms. It would be years later before mae would go to the local temple. She prayed for a child who wouldn’t leave her side. She told me Buddha answered her prayers. He brought me to her on a Monday night, when she looked out the window and saw a falling star in the sky. She named me Chanida.

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Art-A-Whirl 2014: Language and art combine at POLESOM

Welcome, Pani Wiosna, to the connectivity of Northeast.

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House seeks help for Somalis held in Kenya

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. and several members of the Twin Cities Somali community were before the House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee last week seeking support for a resolution denouncing the detention and torture of Somali people in Kenya.

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Actor Barkhad Abdi joins Ellison to protect money-transfer system for Somali community

Actor Barkhad Abdi being greeted by Rep. Keith Ellison at Monday night's forum. (MinnPost photos by Ibrahim Hirsi)

When Oscar-nominated actor Barkhad Abdi took the stage Monday night, the crowd of about 100 that filled Safari Restaurant and Event Center in Minneapolis burst into cheers.

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Minnesota rallies in support of abducted Nigerian girls

A protester at a May 10, 2014 rally at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota carries a sign condemning the enslavement of Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram. (Photo: Senah Yeboah-Sampong/Mshale)

A May 10 rally condemning the abduction of more than 200 students from a school in Chibok, Nigeria brought members of the state’s Nigerian population and the broader African Diaspora together in St. Paul. Held in the State Capitol rotunda, speakers at the rally voiced concern for the victims, questions about the Nigerian government’s level of accountability, and the potential role the United States could play in securing their return.

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A rural response to climate change

The U.S. Global Change Research Program released their Third National Climate Assessment on May 6; compiled by over 300 experts and peer reviewed by members of the public, climate change experts, federal agencies, and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the report details the impacts of climate change on the United States, including impacts on water, energy, transportation, agriculture, and human health, among other sectors.

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East African Business Forum features Tanzanian ambassador

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula of the United Republic of Tanzania speaking at the Eastern Africa Business Forum at Thomson Reuters headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota on May 7 2014. The forum was organized by the State of Minnesota’s Trade Office. (Photo: Courtesy Thomson Reuters)

Tanzania’s U.S. ambassador, Liberata Mulamula, was busy on her May 7 visit to Minnesota. After speaking at the Books for Africa annual fundraiser in St. Paul, she appeared at the Eastern Africa Business Forum at Thomson Reuters headquarters in Eagan. Presentations highlighted investment opportunities in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania in particular.

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Rwandan Ambassador pays homage to past and present

Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana visited the editorial offices of Mshale Newspaper in Minneapolis for an interview shortly before speaking at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus on Monday, May 5 2014. (Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale)

April marked the start of Kwibuka 20 events to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. The word “kwibuka” means to remember in the Kinyarwanda language. Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwanda’s Ambassador to the United States spoke on the genocide at the University of St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis on Monday. She appeared as a guest of the Minnesota International Center.

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A whisper

The sappy cards and flowers and pretty boxes of chocolate in every store I see mock how I feel on this particular Mother's Day. Over 234 girls were stolen from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven, a place where girls could learn in order to create a better life for themselves and their families. I just don't know how to think about this. All I can think of is a moment I had a few nights ago with my own daughter.

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COMMENTS of the WEEK | Part of the global village

If you ever imagined the Twin Cities are not part of the global village, news and opinion in the Planet last week surely dispelled that thought.

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