Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Young Somalis disappear
The violent civil war in Somalia is now in its seventeenth year. Thousands have died. Millions have lost their homes. Now the war appears to be affecting people living in the United States. In Minneapolis, several Somali men — and at least one high school student — are believed to have returned to their East African homeland. Their families are worried that they might be fighting as insurgents in the war against Ethiopia, whose troops have occupied the country since 2006.

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(Photo: Abdirizak Bihi and daughter. Bihi's nephew — Burhan Hassan — is one of many Somali-Americans from Minneapolis who are now thought to be living in Somalia. Hassan was a student taking advanced placement classes at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis before he disappeared. Photo by Todd Melby)