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At Hoyo's Kitchen, Angie Sharkey says she likes a little of everything. 

Sharkey, who came with two colleagues from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, says they're regulars here. When owner Abdilahi Hassan comes around to take her order, she tells him, "Surprise me."

Esther Honig

Since a bombing killed 358 people in the Somali capital of Mogadishu October 14, members of Columbus' Somali community have been working to deliver aid. Local fundraising efforts over the last five days raised more than $13,000.

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Earlier this month, word of a measles outbreak came from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The majority of the 64 people affected were Somali-American. 

Jibril Ali Aw Mohamed

Columbus has the second-largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the U.S., following Minneapolis, which has almost double the population. Stefanie Chambers, who compared the two in her book "Somalis in the Twin Cities and Columbus," says Columbus still lags behind in incorporating Somali-Americans into the community.

At least 6.2 million people in Somalia — or just about half the country — are grappling with the prospect of an acute food shortage due to deepening drought. And on Saturday, Somalia's prime minister made it clear that the conditions are exacting a stark human cost.

Over a two-day span, at least 110 people died of hunger in just a single region, Hassan Ali Khaire said Saturday during a meeting with the Somali National Drought Committee.

Esther Honig

At a large banquet hall on the Ohio State campus, women wear dresses and headscarves of light blue and white - the colors of the Somali flag. People dance to a hit song written just for the occasion: the election of Somalia's new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

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Outside the Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center on the Far West Side of Columbus, Sahra Ali has been up since 7 a.m. to drive friends and community members to cast their ballots at the polls.

This is Ali's third presidential election after coming to the U.S. from Somalia in 2001. She says this year, she's seen a higher voter turnout among Columbus's Somali community.

Columbus has the second-largest Somali community in the country, with more than 45,000 people. Many of them are small business owners, and a majority of the entrepreneurs are women.

10:00 This hour, we'll consider recent efforts in Columbus and Minnesota to recruit from Somali and eastern African communities, to increase diversity and improve community relationships. Guests:

The "Invisible Heroes" of Columbus

Jul 20, 2011

Columbus, Ohio is home to the second largest settlement of Somali refugees in the country. This community is quite large, but has not received much mainstream media attention. This has caused some Somali activists to refer to their population as “invisible.â€? Today, on All Sides, we’ll discuss a program that addresses the presence of the estimated 15,000 Somali immigrants in Columbus, specifically Somali youth, called “Invisible Heroes.â€? Guests:

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