Somali Muslims taking girls from US to Kenya to undergo genital mutilation in secret

Illegally. via Western girls holiday in Kenya to undergo FGM in secret.

Somali families living in Britain and the United States are bringing their daughters to Kenya to secretly undergo female genital mutiliation (FGM) as their home countries crack down on the internationally condemned practice.

Families pay up to $300 for a girl’s genitals to be cut, said circumcisers and an anti-FGM campaigner in Nairobi’s Eastleigh district, nicknamed Little Mogadishu as it is home to refugees from neighbouring war-torn Somalia and ethnic Somali Kenyans.

“Somalis come from America and Europe,” said one elderly circumciser, wearing a purple and white tie-dye headscarf.

“They always come to me because they are scared to do it there … During the holidays, they come and I cut them.”

The circumciser, who learned the trade as a teenager in northern Kenya, declined to give her name as Kenya has stepped up prosecutions for FGM. The ritual, which involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, can cause haemorrhage, shock, childbirth complications, fistula and death.

Under Kenya’s 2011 law, those practising FGM face a minimum of three years in jail or a fine, and life imprisonment if the girl dies. Some 50 cases are in court, with at least two people facing murder charges.

Cutters in Kenya are changing their methods in an attempt to evade the law, switching from infibulation — in which all external genitalia are removed and the vaginal opening stitched closed — to sunna, where only the clitoris is cut or removed.

“I just cut a little,” said the circumciser, gesticulating with hennaed fingernails. “Sunna is good. She still enjoys sex. If you cut it all, she suffers.”

FGM is deeply entrenched among Somalis, most of whom believe it is a religious obligation for Muslims. Campaigners say there is nothing in the Koran that advocates FGM.

Circumcisers learn to perform FGM while training with elder women to become traditional birth attendants. Around half of women in Kenya deliver at home and rely on lay midwives.

An anti-FGM campaigner in Eastleigh said she met a Somali-American from Minnesota in December who came to Nairobi for two weeks to have her daughters, aged 12 and 13, cut.

“The mother feels like she is doing the right thing,” the campaigner said. “She says they are not going to undergo pain because they are doing it the modern way.”

The United States banned FGM in 1996 and has since made it illegal to take a girl abroad to be cut.

…the diaspora communities were helping keep cutters in business.


Muslim Immigration Has Resulted in Increase in Genital Mutilation in U.S., so much so that the DOJ now has to give webinars on preventing female genital mutilation in America. In Phoenix: 98% of Somali women being treated have undergone genital mutilation (FGM).

Yet we still import tens of thousands of Somalis.

Minneapolis mall now boasts one of state’s largest mosques

Minnesota has “Somali malls” and now at least one of those malls has a large mosque. Muslims forced a mosque into a retail mall in Georgia too. America is losing its identity as Muslim colonizers take over entire areas.

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via Growing Somali mall in Minneapolis now boasts one of the state’s largest mosques | Star Tribune.

Construction of the metro area’s newest mosque involved a shopping trip to the Middle East, some back-and-forth with the city of Minneapolis and a reported $3 million investment.

But developer Basim Sabri says setting out to build one of Minnesota’s largest mosques at his Karmel Square mall wasn’t a vanity project. Instead, the space — part of a major expansion at Karmel — was meant as a goodwill gesture to the local Somalis who rent and shop at the south Minneapolis mall.

The expansion has tested Sabri’s famously tense relationships with the city and the mall’s neighbors, who have voiced concerns over parking and traffic issues. Part of the construction collapsed in May, cutting off electricity to the neighborhood and briefly stalling the project.

Since it opened earlier this year, the mosque has gotten rave reviews from a growing cadre of worshipers, who cover the sun-filled, 5,000-square-foot prayer hall completely when they kneel at Friday prayer.

“This mosque is not about showing off,” said Sabri. “It’s about need.”

The new mosque replaces a prayer room on the second floor that could not handle the crowds; worshipers spilled out into the mall hallways and, during the holy month of Ramadan, even the mall parking lot.

The space is on the newly added third floor of the state’s oldest Somali mall, where shops sell long skirts and scarves, henna tattoos, jewelry, handbags, rugs and Somali specialties such as savory sambusa pastries.

Sabri is also building a fourth floor and a three-story parking ramp.

He claims the new mosque is the largest in Minnesota, possibly even the Midwest. But the imam of another new Twin Cities mosque, Darool-Uloom, which moved into a former Catholic church on St. Paul’s East Side last summer, says it handily surpasses Karmel’s square footage to claim that distinction.

There, Imam Sheikh Hassan says the men’s prayer hall alone covers about 15,000 square feet.

Metro Islamic centers such as [jihad-recruiting] Al-Farooq Youth and Family Center in Bloomington and Abubakar As-Siddique in Minneapolis are larger overall, but their prayer spaces are more modest than Karmel’s.

In any case, says Abubakar Director Ismail Haji, the services offered are more important than the square footage: “We’re not in competition with each other.”

Sabri, a Palestinian immigrant, says the mosque at Karmel was a labor of love he designed and financed with his own money.

Like some of Sabri’s other projects across Minneapolis, the mall expansion has drawn a measure of controversy. When newly installed trusses collapsed and knocked down a third-floor wall in May, some neighbors said they had raised concerns in vain about what they saw as shoddy construction. Nobody was hurt.

“When the accident happened, I was so angry because it could have been prevented,” said Raymond Hoffner, the outgoing president of the condo association.

Hoffner gives Sabri props for taking steps to address traffic issues, but he said problems with illegal parking in the condo lot and nearby businesses persist.

He wishes the city had called for completion of the new ramp before the rest of the project.

Sabri, who has previously tussled with the city over starting projects before officials signed off on them, lined up a permit for the expansion in February 2014. But last summer, city staff pointed out that he needed an additional assembly occupancy permit for the mosque.

“It’s fair to say there have been some concerns on both sides of the fence,” said district supervisor Bill Smith, though he and Sabri both say the process was more cooperative this time around.


We’ve covered this mall before in Minneapolis: The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant Loans to Muslims.

And we know it’s a place that Muslim terrorists hang out, meet and possibly recruit via Islamic Terror Starts Small in St. Louis.


Update: Reader Martin found a video of the mosque:

Univ of Minnesota chooses Islamic terrorists over free speech

via You can’t make fun of terrorists at the U. of Minnesota.

No student or student group at a public university should have to fight for their First Amendment rights. But as I’m preparing for graduation in a few short months, that’s exactly what I find myself doing—fighting for the rights of my student publication.

At the Minnesota Republic, we pride ourselves in standing up for freedom of speech on campus because we might not exist without it.

“In the future, close attention may be paid to the content published by Students for a Conservative Voice to ensure that any material that is produced with student fee funds does not compromise the cultural harmony of the campus.”

Our publication, derived from the University of Minnesota’s Students for a Conservative Voice (SCV), allows students on campus to share their viewpoints no matter what—even if they are considered offensive.

And no other publication on campus can say that.

When Vice Provost of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Young Brown apologized to students for a student group throwing a fiesta on the grounds that it might offend the Chicano and Latino students, we printed Goldy Gopher with a sombrero on the front cover. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, we put a drawing of Muhammad on the cover, asking for speech over terror.

We do these things to show support for students’ right to say what they want on campus.

But the Student Service Fees Committee (SSFC) is now putting our rights in danger.

Every year student groups apply for funding from this committee, which is responsible for allocating millions of dollars. And while it’s a fight every year to secure the funding needed to print the Minnesota Republic, this year we were faced with a new challenge—the right to publish what we want.

At SCV’s budget presentation to the committee, we were asked about a back cover from an issue published in 2011 that pictured a man with a gun burning an issue of the Minnesota Republic with the words, “Terrorists hate the Minnesota Republic.”

Other than the protection afforded by the First Amendment to print such things, the SSFC even has its own rule that protects students’ rights to print content without hurting their request for funding.

And if the fees committee was following its own rules, a four-year-old newspaper cover would not have been questioned.

“While reviewing one of the sample publications, committee members came across material that demonstrated an overt lack of sensitivity to the portrayal of members of the Arab world,” SSFC’s funding recommendation to the Minnesota Republic said. “When pressed for information on how this piece made it into print, representatives informed the committee that, based on the date of this particular publication, the members responsible for that work are no longer in the organization and that this particular piece is not representative of the work produced by the organization today.”

“After assessing this information, the Student Service Fee Committee would like to emphasize for the group the significance of culturally sensitive discourse on a campus like the University of Minnesota, which prides itself on being home to a wide range of values and beliefs held by members that originate from countless cultures across the globe,” the recommendation continued. “In the future, close attention may be paid to the content published by Students for a Conservative Voice to ensure that any material that is produced with student fee funds does not compromise the cultural harmony of the campus and to ensure that the material that is produced is not at odds with the criteria in place for receiving this funding.”

I am shocked that not one person in the room during these deliberations questioned the committee’s flagrant disregard for our right to free speech as it was questioning whether or not our publication disrupts the “cultural harmony” on U of M’s campus.

It’s clear that their statement is meant to scare students on campus from publishing or saying anything that the committee might not like.

Students should be encouraged to share their views at a public university, not threatened when they do so.

Sadly, this is not the first time that the Minnesota Republic has had to deal with censorship issues at the U of M. Earlier this year, a stack of our publication was found in the garbage next to our newsstand. Our newsstands have also been vandalized and signs promoting the Minnesota Republic have been ripped up and thrown on the ground.

The Minnesota Republic has dealt with all of this, while the U of M has stood by and allowed it to happen. Whether it is offensive speech or not, all speech on a public university campus should be protected.

Students on campus should not have to feel as though the university is spying on them, waiting for a chance to strip them of their First Amendment rights. Instead, students—especially on a public campus—should be undeterred in their discourse and dialogue on any issue.

Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @AllisonMaass

Minnesota: Muslim Pleads Guilty to Trying to Join Islamic State Terrorists

At least the 5th Muslim occupying U.S. soil this week either charged or pleading guilty.

via Minnesota Teen Pleads Guilty to Trying to Support Terrorism – ABC News.

A Minnesota teenager who had been stopped at the airport as he was trying to travel to Syria pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf, 18, admitted in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis that he had intended to go to Syria last May to join the Islamic State group. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. No sentencing date has been set.

Authorities say a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants in the last year. At least one Minnesotan has died there. In addition, at least 22 young Somali men have traveled from Minnesota to Somalia since 2007 to join the terrorist group al-Shabab.

Yusuf admitted in court that he learned about people who had traveled or wanted to travel to Syria to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad. Yusuf said he attended meetings in Minnesota last March and April in which participants discussed fighting.

Court documents show Yusuf, who was in high school at the time, applied for an expedited passport shortly after he turned 18 in April and lied about the nature of his travel, telling a passport agent he was going to Istanbul, Turkey, for vacation.

FBI agents stopped Yusuf at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on May 28, and he was arrested six months later.

Yusuf said Thursday that he actually had planned to meet another man, Abdi Nur, in Istanbul, and that the two of them planned to travel to Syria together. Nur, who is also charged in the case, is believed to be fighting with militants in Syria.

Yusuf said another person, who has not been publicly identified or charged, gave him money for his plane ticket. Continue reading

Minnesota: Somali refugees stressing state’s welfare programs, becoming haven for Islamic terrorists

via Islamist terror groups target Minnesota Somali refugees drawn by state’s welfare programs – Washington Times.

The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America’s most generous welfare and charity programs.

But the effort is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state’s safety net and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups.

Most of that paragraph is a fallacy. It’s not an unintended consequence. Anyone and everyone who played a part in planning the importation of uneducated, non-English speaking Muslims – often with four, five, ten kids – from Africa to one of the coldest places in America knew damn well they would be living on welfare for the rest of their lives. That holds true during Clinton’s influx of America-hating Somali Muslims to today.

It is true those Somalis are stressing the state’s budget, but that is not what’s creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamic terror groups. Refugee resettlement itself, coupled with high birth rates is creating a large pool of Muslims. If poverty were the overriding factor, ISIS would recruit in all poor communities. But it’s only happening in Muslim enclaves because waging jihad is purely a Muslim construct. It is part and parcel to Islamic ideology.

In the fiscal year that ended in September, Minnesota welcomed 1,118 Somali refugees arriving directly from Africa, most of them without family ties to the state, according to State Department statistics.

Overall, more than 30,000 Somalis live in the midwestern state comprising the nation’s largest concentration of Somali immigrants, according to U.S. Census data.

RRW provided more statistics:

From February 1, 2005 to February 1, 2015 we brought a total of 64,332 Somalis to the US

And, the State Dept. numbers appear low:

we are bringing in over 800 Somali refugees a month right now

Back to the article.

Many of the refugees settle near the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis being dubbed “Little Mogadishu” after the capital of Somalia.

This population is also being targeted by Islamist terror organizations like the Islamic State and al-Shabab, a Somalia-based group with links to al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

Targeting takes place in the mosques, in the hawalas and all over the sharia ghettos. By the way, how do all these unemployed Somalis access social media?

Among Minnesota-based Somali-Americans, American converts to Islam or Somali refugees, there have been numerous convictions for various levels of collaboration with Islamist terror groups, plus reports of fighting with al-Shabab or other Islamist groups.

Since 2008, as many as 40 men from Minneapolis have joined Islamist groups after being pulled in by jihadists through social media, federal officials say.

Blame it on the social media. How where jihadists recruited for the 1,400 years prior to the advent of social media?

Overall, the number of Somalis resettled in the state has more than tripled in four years, according to State Department statistics. And with the surge in refugees comes more of a risk to the community, radicalization experts say.


The solution is not more taxpayer funded programs for non-assimilating Muslims. Nor is it jobs. Nor is it more Muslim immigration. Minnesotan’s should be irate and rioting in the streets over the transformation and eventual destruction of their fine cities.

The solution is banning immigration of Muslims, offering them financial incentives to leave and never return, and deporting those – including relatives – with ties to Islamic terror. Put their skin in the game and stop blaming Americans. Before it’s too late.

 

Minnesota: 4th Muslim Charged with Conspiring to Help Islamic State Terrorists

All that wining and dining of imams doesn’t seem to be helping. via Hamza Naj Ahmed Indicted for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to the Islamic State

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger for the District of Minnesota announced today the indictment of Hamza Naj Ahmed, 19, for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  Ahmed is also charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIL and for making a false statement in a terrorism investigation.  Ahmed was previously charged by criminal complaint for lying to FBI agents.  The defendant was detained on Feb. 5, 2015, after making an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Steven Rau in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“Hamza Ahmed is at least the fourth person from the Twin Cities charged as a result of an ongoing investigation into individuals who have traveled or are attempting to travel to Syria in order to join a foreign terrorist organization,” said U.S. Attorney Luger. “Since 2007, dozens of people from the Twin Cities have traveled or attempted to travel overseas in support of terror. While my office will continue to prosecute those who attempt to provide material support to ISIL or any other terrorist organization, we remain committed to working with dedicated community members to bring this cycle to an end.”

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, Ahmed and three companions, M.F., H.M.M. and Z.A., travelled by bus from Minneapolis to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).  The four men were each booked on international flights scheduled to depart JFK on Nov. 8, 2014.  Ahmed and M.F. were booked on the same flight from JFK to Istanbul, Turkey.  M.F., H.M.M. and Z.A. were each prevented from boarding their flights.  Ahmed successfully boarded, but was escorted from the aircraft by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents before it left the boarding gate.

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, Ahmed was subsequently interviewed by FBI agents.  He made multiple false statements during the interview, including telling agents that he was traveling alone, and that he did not know M.F. or H.M.M.  When Ahmed arrived back in Minnesota on Nov. 9, 2014, FBI agents conducted a second voluntary interview, during which Ahmed again lied to agents.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force.

This case is being prosecuted by Attorney Andrew Sigler of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Winter and John Docherty of the District of Minnesota.

Defendant Information:

HAMZA NAJ AHMED, 19

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Charges:

  • Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, 1 count
  • Attempting to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, 1 count
  • Making a False Statement in a Terrorism Investigation, 1 count

Hamza Ahmed Indictment

Minnesota: U.S. attorney wines and dines imams, forces mosque on city, panders to Muslims

Terrorism pays in Minnesota. Big time.

Muslims have U.S., state and local governments bending over backwards, pulling the wool over the eyes of the FBI and others. Meanwhile, there are more Muslims from the U.S. waging jihad abroad than ever before and here at home, Muslims are getting more bold and more violent. Minnesota continues to lead the way. Trust that.

via Trust, action key in Minnesota’s fight against extremism | Star Tribune.

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Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, alongside Imam Ahmed Burale (right), had a warm greeting for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger before a Somali community meeting in Minneapolis.

 Andy Luger was on a listening tour in Minnesota’s Somali community last year, hearing a string of complaints that ranged from mistreatment at the airport to a Minneapolis suburb’s rejection of a proposed Islamic prayer center, when something clicked.

A young person stood up and told the state’s newest U.S. attorney that he was tired of telling government leaders about problems; he needed someone to actually solve them.

“That moment … it really crystallized for me,” said Luger, who was sworn into the job about a year ago. “We needed action.”

So Luger sued the north metro city of St. Anthony for denying the proposed Islamic prayer center. He settled the case and now the prayer center is being built. He also got U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials from Chicago to fly out to Minneapolis to hear directly from the Somali community about racial profiling at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, including from an imam who was double-screened every time he flew.

He encouraged the recruitment of youth workers in several Minneapolis Public Schools with large African populations and growing behavioral problems. Suspensions dropped by nearly half. To combat high unemployment in one Somali neighborhood, Luger lobbied the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs to hold a local job fair for their dozens of openings.

The White House is interested in these efforts. On Wednesday, Luger will present his work, along with community, religious and school leaders from Minnesota, at a Washington summit on countering violent extremism.

Much of Luger’s relationship-building occurs with imams and community leaders over dinner.

But Luger is mindful that he must walk a thin line between ingratiating himself with a historically distrustful community and hewing to his duties as a prosecutor. He also must overcome suspicion that his efforts to engage Somali leaders and youth will be seen as a backdoor effort to spy on the community.

To that end, Luger says Somali leaders have taken the lead on defining what they want from these outreach efforts. “Everyone agrees that this is the way to go forward,” he said. “There has to be a complete separation between law enforcement and what the community has asked us to do.”

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, who has different teams of people meeting with communities and those investigating crimes, agrees. He acknowledges that until recently, Minnesota law enforcement was doing a “lousy” job on all fronts.

“Local law enforcement didn’t know what was happening and then in 2008 or 2009, a guy showed up dead in a suicide bombing and shame on us, so we doubled down, we tripled down on our efforts,” Stanek said. “Do we have an intelligence unit? Absolutely, but there’s a delineation of duties. Each and every day, I work with my federal partners, but I don’t cross over the two.”

From left, FBI Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Hotakainen, FBI Division Counsel Kyle Loven and Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble chatted before a Somali community meeting.

From left, FBI Community Outreach Specialist Kathleen Hotakainen, FBI Division Counsel Kyle Loven and Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble chatted before a Somali community meeting.

All carrots, no sticks.

What Muslim has Andy Luger prosecuted? Convicted? Deported?

Pretty soon, CAIR might be in charge of terror investigations in Minnesota, via Minneapolis: Muslims demand anti-terror program be separate from FBI.

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