The Copenhagen Post
September 4, 2012
The American ambassador to Denmark on her initiative to bring Somali Danes and Somali Americans together
|Ambassador Laurie S Fulton said she also hopes to bring Somali Americans to Denmark (File photo: Omar Ingerslev)|
How did this initiative come about?
What was the goal?
Were there any selection criteria?
Are there any plans to bring a group of Somali Americans to Denmark?
What are some of the obstacles Somalis face?
Young Somalis have left Minnesota, as well as Denmark, to go to Somalia to be trained as terrorists. Since 2007, at least 20 young Minneapolis men have left for Somalia, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Did this religious radicalisation influence your planning?
Yes, Minneapolis has had the same experience as Denmark has had, when Somalis have gone off to be trained somewhere and then want to come back and do bad things, but hopefully the initiative will help prevent that in the future.