photo of Ahmed Abukar and Sahra Abdullahi

Sahra Abdullahi and Ahmed Abukar were born in Somalia and moved to the United States when they were young. Both had a hard time fitting in and navigating American culture.

But while Abukar came with his parents, Abdullahi moved with her aunt, leaving behind her parents and six of her seven siblings. She faced many hardships in her new home and eventually in foster care.

Abdilahi Hassan started Hoyo's Kitchen on Cleveland Avenue five years ago. He opens a North Market location this week.
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Abdilahi Hassan shakes hands with a contractor before getting back to unpacking boxes. It’s a busy time for the restauranteur, who’s leaping into the downtown Columbus food scene by opening Hoyo’s Kitchen inside North Market this week.

The United States may have committed war crimes as it bombed al-Shabab militants in Somalia, a new report Amnesty International alleges.

Researchers for the human rights group investigated five U.S. airstrikes and found that they had resulted in 14 civilian deaths. The U.S. has "indiscriminately killed some of these civilians," Abdullahi Hassan, a Nairobi-based researcher for Amnesty, said in an interview.

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Home means a few different things for Ismail Mohamed. 

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.

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.

10:00 There are some 45,000 Somalis and Somali-Americans living in Central Ohio, making it one of the largest Somali communities in the U.S. On this hour, we'll take a look at the past, present and future of the small country. Guest

Drought Devastation

Jul 25, 2011

Bone-Dry conditions across nearly a third of the lower 48 states are leading some farmers to run their wells dry to irrigate fields...and forcing ranchers to sell off entire herds of cattle. From Florida to Arizona, a drought has reached historic levels in the U.S. We’re not alone. Around the globe, drought conditions are causing famine in the horn of Africa, in England and elsewhere. What causes drought and why does it persist? We'll discuss this and more today on All Sides with Ann Fisher. 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:

Somalis In Ohio Urged To Help End Civil Strife In Africa

Aug 21, 2007

A Bush Administration official says the Columbus Somali Community can help bring an end to a 16 year old civil war in their east Africa nation. The State Department official for African Affairs made her call to action during a Columbus academic conference.

Fighting erupted last week between Ethiopia and a powerful Islamic militia after the group declared holy war against the Christian-led Ethiopian government. Now at least one Columbus-area Somali leader says the community is largely siding with the militia.

Reports are Ethiopian jets bombed Somalia's two main airports during the week-end and ground troops seized control of several border towns from the powerful Council of Islamic Courts. The fundamentalist Islamic militia earlier seized control of the capital Mogadishu and brought some order after 15 years of tribal warfare.