Diversity is strength alert! Manchester Somalis one big happy family (Not!)

Manchester, NH has been struggling with a huge overload of refugees for some time now.  Today I see it isn’t just tension between New Hampshire residents and the newcomers, it’s one Somali group in conflict with another.   Seems one group is claiming that the other is teaching Islam with your tax dollars.

From the Union Leader:

MANCHESTER – A federally funded weekend education program for Somali refugee children has been put on hold after allegations it was teaching Muslim doctrine.

Police Chief David Mara, Mayor Ted Gatsas and Superintendant of Schools Tom Brennan recently received a letter saying the Somali Bantu Community Association is teaching from the Quran during its weekend youth program.

Mukhtar Idhow, director of the group, said the program is not a religious school, but is a tutoring program for Somali children. The program is run through Southern New Hampshire Services and is housed at the city’s Multicultural Center on Maple Street.

The goal, Idhow said, is to raise graduation rates in the Somali community. The program will not meet this weekend and will be on hold until after the group speaks with city officials and decides whether to continue, he said.

Idhow and other local officials say the letter is part of an ongoing feud between the leaders of the Somali Bantu organization and the Somali Development Center, another nonprofit group that provides aid to local Somali refugees.

“There’s been a lot of rumors about bad blood between the different factions, said Dan Calegari of Southern New Hampshire Services. “I work with these people daily. There’s never even been any hint of religious activity. … It really comes down to animosity between different segments of the Somali population.”

Mara said he also heard the letter was part of a feud and is working with the groups to address the rift within the Somali community.

Read the rest of the story and don’t skip the comments!

For new readers:

The US State Department has admitted over 80,000 Somali refugees to the US (this linked post continues to be one of the most widely read posts we have ever written) in the last 25 years and then last year had to suspend family reunification because widespread immigration fraud was revealed through DNA testing.  That specific program has not yet been reopened (that we know of), but will be soon

Nevertheless, thousands of Somali Muslims continue to be resettled as I write this. We recently learned that we will be taking 6000 Somalis this year from one camp in Uganda and as many as 11,000-13,000 total from around the world.

Update:  Another blogger takes on this Manchester Somali story here and a commenter (Jake Jacobsen) had this hilarious thing to say:

Somehow the modern Liberal world has become a Monty Python episode. I’m imagining two cross dressing old ladies sitting on a park bench debating the merits of diversity as Bantu and Somali immigrants fight to the death and burn the town down behind them!

I need to put the blog View from the Right in our blogroll.

Another update:  Check out the comments to this post and note I discuss one of Thomas’s comments in a Comment worth noting, here.

2 thoughts on “Diversity is strength alert! Manchester Somalis one big happy family (Not!)

  1. Hello again, sorry for another comment so soon–
    I see that the Union Leader article has been moved off the main page and essentially hidden from view now unless one knows how to search for it.

    This was my comment to the article by Ms. Hall, in response to Alan’s comment about Cloward-Piven–

    “Well Alan if that isn’t a blast from my past. I was a somewhat radical in the late 60s and Cloward-Piven was all the rage for young activists. It is not something I am proud of espousing while a youngster. But yes I have known about this for a while and now to see it actually put into action in my country– no doubt about it!– makes me very sad.

    It just keeps getting better- 6000 more Somalis are on their way! (link) tinyurl.com/yggjzet

    Here is another term to look up– Community Destabilization.

    I have been working overseas in the UK for nearly two years now, while paying my taxes in New Hampshire and to the U.S. government.

    I will be returning in April to no job, and I do not relish forcing out the young family that has been house-sitting for me at a very low rent. The parents were laid off and are taking part time work to pay their grocery and utility bills. I stopped charging them rent in November.

    I have read all of these comments here from frustrated tax payers and refugee resettlement apologists alike. What all should understand is that Cloward and Piven advocated flooding the welfare system and draining taxpayer resources to the hilt, so that they people would essentially demand a guaranteed government income in order to stop the welfare drain.

    This is what New Hampshire has become? Please open your eyes to the large scale destruction of our state, and our country, by a group of elites who believe they are vastly more intelligent than you.

    The website Refugee Resettlement Watch is very informative. Factual information and links to government documents that are never spoken about in the main stream news. Please, Ms. Hall, write an article about THAT.”

    As I said in my previous comment– I doubt this will be allowed through on the UL comment section. I wonder why that is?

    Off to work,


  2. Thanks for the attention to my hometown of Manchester NH. I made a comment on this UL article and referenced your website, if that is all right. Someone there mentioned Cloward and Piven, and boy– that set me off! I first learned of them in the late 60s when I was pretty radical in certain Democrat student organizations while at NYU. (I am not proud of that, by the way, and I am truly trying to make amends for my past embracing of twisted social experiments). Somehow I don’t think my comment will be allowed to post at the UL, though. 🙂

    I have been visiting your website much in the past year as refugee developments in the United States (specifically in my neighbor state of Maine) have peaked my curiosity. Here in the UK the refugee mess (shoveling tax money toward so-called refugees who very often scam the govt system) has spiralled out of control in the last 3 years and I see the U.S. is following suit. This horrifies me to no end.

    I will be moving my family back to New Hampshire in about 10 weeks after my contract is up here. I will no longer be employed, as my department has been transferred to Asia. But that is another story; Perhaps I can be classified as a refugee from the UK? 😉

    Appreciate your website,
    Tom & Family


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