Somali American Community Engagement with USAID Officials
Islamic Association of North America (IANA) and Somali American leaders in Minnesota had a community engagement meeting with the United States Agency International Development (USAID) delegates, Associate Administer Mr. Eric Postel, Director Office of East African Affairs, Mr. Ryan Washburn, and Director of Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives Mr. J. Mark Brinkmoeller to discuss bilateral regional issues about Somalia.
IANA’s executive director Sheikh Hassan Dhooye expressed Somali American support for USAID’s role and efforts inside Somalia. He talked about the urgent need of Somali youth employment, preventing illegal youth migration, radicalization and empowerment of Somali law enforcement departments.
Sh. Abdirisak Hashi, Imam of Abubakar As-Sadique Islamic Center, thanked their efforts, mentioned the role of the Imams inside and outside of Somalia. Somali Imams are the backbone of its community. They’re well respected and are highly influential figures.
Chair of Somali Money Transfer, Mr. Abdulaziz Sugule stressed the importance of Somali Money Transfer. Remittances are a credible lifeline income for many Somalis. It’s what keeps them move forward to a prosperous life. The individuals, business organizations, relieve agencies and Somalia’s government all depend on it.
Abdulaziz Abubakar a community activist in the state of Minnesota, mentioned the Somali’s contribution to the state. He shared lots of outstanding positive news. Somalis in Minnesota give their state a higher economic boost which USAID surprised to know. IANA is pleased to host this meeting. IANA’s executive director, Sh. Hassan Dhooye thanks American refugee committee (ARC) leaders for their relief efforts to Somalia and be part of this meeting that took place in IANA’s headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.