Al-Shabab’s assault on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, exemplifies the behavior of a cornered animal — it lashes out when threatened. The tragic paradox of last week’s attack is that recent security gains against Al-Shabab in Somalia have caused the organization to pursue soft targets abroad.
Said Sheik Abdi is the Somali-American Program manager for the Minnesota-based relief organization, the American Refugee Committee. The ARC has launched its Somalia Livelihoods Project – aimed at getting fifty thousand young Somalis self-employed in the next three years. He talked with KFAI’s Bryan Treichel. [Audio below]
Since the civil war erupted in Somalia more than two decades ago, thousands of families have flocked to the United States and left some of their loved ones in the war-ravaged country, which now has one of the highest unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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