More on missing Somali boys

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Over at MPR, Laura Yuen has a riveting story from a Somali activist who says that she, and the head of her mosque, tried to stop two young men from leaving for Somalia. She saw the teens at a travel agency, and “something clicked in her mind.” She got copies of the boys’ passports from the travel agent to deliver to the boys’ parents with a warning message.

“That’s our culture, traditionally, in Somalia: If any adult sees you doing something wrong, that adult will act as your parent and will try to stop to inform your parent,” Ali said.

The mosque’s director, Omar Hurre, confirmed that he notified the parents about their sons’ travel plans. The parents didn’t believe it, he said, until he showed them the copies of the passports.

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