Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.
More Somalis Arrive in Columbus
Columbus’ Somali population is growing again. The head of the Somali Community Association, Hassan Omar, says hundreds, perhaps thousands more refugees will re-locate to Columbus from refugee camps.
Omar says Somalia still suffers from civil strife more than 14 years after the ouster of long-time dictator Mohammed Siad Barre.Because clan-based fighting continues, those coming to Columbus will be granted political asylum.
Columbus’ Somali community is estimated to be the second largest of any city in the U-S. Omar says with the new arrivals, 30,000 or more Somalis will call Columbus home.