Issa A. Mansaray

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A great voice for the people silenced

Saado Ali Warsame, killed in Somalia, is remembered in Minnesota 
 
 

By Issa A. Mansaray 

Contributing Writer

 

Saado Ali Warsame, was known as a singer and a community leader. Many times she expressed her misgivings about injustices and corruption with the various governments in Somalia, her native country, and she sometimes complained bitterly through her songs about the political chaos and human rights violations and the lack of development there. When she was gunned down on Wednesday, July 23, in the streets of Mogadishu, members of the Somali community at the Cedar Riverside development organized a memorial for Warsame on July 24 to talk about her life and how she expressed the need for peace and unity in her divided country. They also remembered her contributions to their community. Warsame came to America in the 1990s, living in Minneapolis and later moving to St. Continue Reading →

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STATE OFFICIALS SCRAMBLE TO CALM EBOLA FEARS

By Issa A. Mansaray

Contributing Writer

 

As fear grips West Africa with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus wreaking havoc in unprepared countries — Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria — the Minnesota Department of Health is in a race to calm fears of a possible Ebola outbreak in the Twin Cities. At a public information meeting hosted by MDH in Brooklyn Center on Wednesday, Aug. 3, more than 150 people attended to hear various speakers and officials about the current Ebola situation from the four affected African nations and how MDH is monitoring it here. Both Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park are homes to thousands of West Africans that include about 30,000 Liberians and reportedly 6,000 Sierra Leoneans. “Like the community back home, there is a group psychology of fear going on in the West African region,” said Wynfred Russell, director of African Career, Education and Resources Inc., stressing that the task now in the African

community in Minnesota is to provide accurate and scientifically based facts about Ebola. Continue Reading →

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The life and legacy of Nelson Mandela

By Issa A. Mansaray 

Contributing Writer

 

Nelson Mandela, 95, first Black president of South Africa who fought for the freedom of his people and against apartheid, died at about 8:50 pm local time on Thursday. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, current president of South Africa, said, “Our nation has lost its greatest son.”

Mr. Zuma announced in a televised message late Thursday, “Our people have lost a father.” Dressed in black, Zuma added that Mandela’s death is the country’s moment of “deepest sorrow” and that the Mandela family has “sacrificed much and endured so much that our people could be free.”

Mandela has been in and out of the Mediclinic Hospital in Pretoria on more than six separate occasions this year undergoing treatment for lung infection. “His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to,” said U.S. President Barack Obama in an official statement on Thursday evening, adding that the late Mandela was “influential, courageous and profoundly good.”

 

The noble family

Born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, a village close to the banks of the Mbashe River in the Transkei region, Mandela is the most famous South African in the world. His father, Gadla Henry Mphanyiswa Mandela, was a tall, imposing man who settled village quarrels. “I define myself through my father,” Mandela once said. Continue Reading →

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