Minnesota has one of the largest Somali refugee populations in the country.
But it wasn't long ago the first Somali family called Mankato home.
For a long time, it was home.
Chairman of Somali Community Barwaaqo Organization Hussein Jama said, "I live a good life. I was working with the White House, like say the White House here. We call it Villa Somalia. The president is there. So, I was working there as a financial. I was doing Department of Finance over there for 10 years."
Then in 1990, everything changed, with a civil war that continues today, and with a government job, that made Hussein Jama a target.
Hussein Jama said, "I left from my family, and I get a ticket to come to Cairo."
Hussein eventually made his way to the United States, but it was alone.
- Written by Abdullahi
- Category: AMERICAS