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Abdirizak Mahboub speaks to students Thursday at Ridgewater College about Somalia. The program was part of a series being presented during the school’s Multicultural Month. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Somali people who have settled in U.S. ‘toughest ones of all’


WILLMAR — After two decades of civil war and years spent in refugee camps, the Somali refugees who have come to the United States are among “the toughest ones of all,” according to Abdirizak Mahboub.

Mahboub, director of New Minnesotan Community Development in Willmar, spoke at Ridgewater College this week. His speech on understanding the Somali population in Willmar was one of the college’s Multicultural Month events.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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