The Global/Local section focuses on connections between Minnesotans and the world.

NEWS DAY | Minnesota connections with kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, protesting Oromo college students

276 girls kidnapped from their school in Nigeria. Oromo students shot down by police in Ethiopia. What do these tragedies have to do with Minnesota?


Killings in Ethiopia outrage Minnesota's Oromo community

Members of Minnesota’s Oromo community plan to rally Friday in St. Paul and are calling for a hunger strike to mourn the deaths of student demonstrators gunned down last week by Ethiopian security forces in Addis Ababa.


COMMUNITY VOICES | Statement of the Igbo Women League of Minnesota regarding the abduction of over 200 school girls from their school in Chibok, Bornno State, Nigeria

The Igbo Women League of Minnesota (IWL) strongly condemns the abduction, by a militant group, of over 200, 12 to 17 year old girls from their school dormit


Oromo diaspora mobilizes to shine spotlight on student protests in Ethiopia

The Oromo Community of Minnesota hall was packed yesterday afternoon. Twice we scooted our chairs forward to make room for the crowds at the back; our knees were pressed up against the backs of the chairs in front of us. And when community members took the microphone, we could hear a pin drop. People I spoke with said the turnout and show of unity was unprecedented. The Oromo diaspora in Minnesota was gathering together to develop strategies to show support for the student protests that have been breaking out over the past two weeks in their homeland.


#OromoProtests | Peaceful protests in Ethiopia met by violent state action

Dozens of students are killed by Ethiopian military forces following peaceful student demonstrations against the government's Addis expansion plan that would encroach into Oromia state. Protesters want to retain a political and cultural identity within Oromia state. When implemented these expansions will threaten the livelihoods and independence of the Oromo peoples. [Audio below]


More local Somalis head home, University of Minnesota research shows differing reasons behind trend

Jaylani Hussein, board member of American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa, speaks about the history of Somalia on Saturday, April 26. (Photo by Alicia McCann)

When the civil war in Somalia broke out more than 20 years ago, Jaylani Hussein and his family were among the first to move to the United States.


'In Praise of a Goddess': Empowerment through information for Indian girls

Global citizenship is a keystone of Macalester education and I, like many students here, strive to connect this idea of global citizenship to my academic endeavors and other engagements on campus. When I graduate, one thing is for certain: I want to leave a lasting impact on the global community and make the world a better place for those who are marginalized in our world. I hope to work in the area of global health in the future and am particularly interested in pursuing a career exploring the intersection between global health and women’s empowerment. I’ve been passionate about women’s empowerment for a very long time, and growing up partly in India only stoked that fervor.


Reflection of New Minnesotans: Diaspora communities 'pave pathways' for human rights

Paving Pathways for Justice and Accountability is a manual for diaspora communities put together by Minnesota's The Advocates for Human Rights. In this episode, staff from The Advocates and local immigrant and refugee activists discuss the new resource, and their experience advocating from afar for human rights in their home countries. [Audio below]

Twin Cities' Somali community demands justice for families 'under siege' in Kenya

Nearly 100 picketers joined the Friday demonstration in St. Paul, condemning actions by Kenyan government and demanding the release of those detained. (MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi)

After members of the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community said their afternoon prayers Friday, they gathered at the state Capitol to express solidarity and demand justice for relatives in Kenya.

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