Burhan Hassan’s Mom speaks

July 16, 2009

BurhanBurhan Hassan

Burhan Hassan was the second Somali kid to leave Minneapolis and die in Somalia; he was shot in the head, most likely because someone overheard him on the phone with his mom, who wanted to send him money to return to the US.

He was just a baby.

I know that in Somalia and other countries, babies of this age are hardened warriors; this kid has more in common with Urkel than with any type of warrior.

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Tormented mother grieves son who heeded a fatal call

By RICHARD MERYHEW and ALLIE SHAH, Star Tribune staff writers

Last update: July 13, 2009 – 12:14 PM

In the dark of early morning, when heartache precludes sleep, Zienab Bihie grabs a pen and a journal and begins to write.

She writes of her youngest son’s passion for basketball and soccer. Of his dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer and possibly, attending Harvard. Of his love for the close-knit family he left behind.

“Sometimes, when I am writing, my tears are running into the book,” Bihie said the other day, wiping tears from her cheeks in the tiny high-rise apartment where she lives in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Read the rest of this entry »


Yet Another Midwestern Somali, Dead After Returning to his Homeland

July 13, 2009

Zakaria Maruf

Photo: #Zakaria Maruf, left, and Jamal Ahmed were reportedly killed in Somalia. The two men left Minneapolis late last year.
Zakaria Maruf and Jamal Ahmed
(AKA Jamal Bana as previously reported)

According to MPR, a fourth Somali who left Minnesota last year has been killed. Zakaria Maruf reportedly recruited other young Somali men to return to that country with him to fight. While four deaths have been reported in the news media, the Somali community says that more young men have died. The FBI is still investigating and the latest death may have an impact on people’s willingness to talk; reportedly some of the young men returned home and are in the proverbial undisclosed location.

Two More Missing Somalis Reported Killed
by Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio
July 12, 2009
St. Paul, Minn. — Two more Somali men from Minneapolis were reportedly killed in Mogadishu over the weekend.

Community members said Saturday that 20-year-old Jamal Ahmed, also known as Jamal Bana, was shot in Mogadishu. Ahmed’s mother, Abayte Ahmed, told the Associated Press Sunday that she and her husband identified their son in a photo on a Somali news Web site. Read the rest of this entry »


Catholics In Need: Ivory Coast

April 28, 2009

One Bread Delivers Bibles to St. John the Baptist Mission in Mandallah

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Africa:

 

This summer our African Missionary in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, travelled north in his country to the city of Mandallah, and the St. John the Baptist Mission to delivery 688 bibles in two native languages spoken by the villagers.

 

Above, at a special Mass at which the bibles were presented to the congregation, the altar servers carried some of the bibles to the altar.

The grant to purchase these bibles for the mission was provided by a Catholic foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina. The congregation was most grateful and will use these bibles in their catechism classes.

Below One Bread’s African representative, Bekoli Boika, presents the bibles to the priest in front of the congregation.

 

The Congregation of St John the Baptist Mission at the start of the Mass at which the bibles were presented.

 

To request materials for use in Africa, please contact:
Mr. Boika Bekoli Louis
One Bread Lay Apostolate-Africa
25 BP 1100 Abidjan 25
Ivory Coast, West Africa
1bread-africa@excite.com
(+225) 07845050

 


Anglican White Superiority at Lambeth … Again

July 31, 2008

The very lovely Bishop Catherine Roskam

Anglican colonialism/racism rears its ugly head once again at Lambeth. Not only has this woman bishop shown the high quality of TEC social analysis, she has demonstrated in a conclusive fashion the fruits of ordaining feminist women. Notice that she considers every man a virtual violent criminal, even if he is a bishop.

The Right Rev Catherine Roskam, suffragan bishop of New York, with a responsibility for 66 congregations, said domestic violence was culturally acceptable in some parts of the world and that “even the most devout Christians” were guilty of it. Read the rest of this entry »


Help Needed In Ivory Coast

April 28, 2008

One Bread Delivers Bibles to St. John the Baptist Mission in Mandallah

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Africa:

 

This summer our African Missionary in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, travelled north in his country to the city of Mandallah, and the St. John the Baptist Mission to delivery 688 bibles in two native languages spoken by the villagers.

 

Above, at a special Mass at which the bibles were presented to the congregation, the altar servers carried some of the bibles to the altar.

The grant to purchase these bibles for the mission was provided by a Catholic foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina. The congregation was most grateful and will use these bibles in their catechism classes.

Below One Bread’s African representative, Bekoli Boika, presents the bibles to the priest in front of the congregation.

 

The Congregation of St John the Baptist Mission at the start of the Mass at which the bibles were presented.

 

To request materials for use in Africa, please contact:
Mr. Boika Bekoli Louis
One Bread Lay Apostolate-Africa
25 BP 1100 Abidjan 25
Ivory Coast, West Africa
1bread-africa@excite.com
(+225) 07845050