Hell to Heartland: Mogadishu, Minnesota and Economic Opportunity
The money is flowing back and forth. The goods are travelling over land and seas. And a cottage industry of remittances is transferring $2 billion between Minnesota and Somalia.
Innovative, driven Somalis are flooding Somalia with new small businesses. But a trade deal between Somalia and the U.S. doesn't exist yet. It's now a work in progress, and the man cutting the deal is a former Minnesotan.
He knows all roads may not lead to Rome, but they lead to a new dawn in Mogadishu. As he stands on his roof, his favorite place in the Ministerial palace, Abdi Aynte knows he's exactly where he needs to be, where his calling brought him.
He's one of the highest ranking government officials in the new Somali government and a former journalist and Minnesotan. He's 8,000 miles away from Minnesota in Mogadishu, in a city where every door opened only to destruction for the last 25 years.
"A lot of destroyed buildings, a lot of new buildings coming up, you see a mix of life, you see this country is actually going through something," he says.
That something drives Aynte to keep pushing into his purpose.
"I'm reminded how privileged I am and the extremely difficult work to be done," he said.
- Written by Abdullahi
- Category: AMERICAS