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Catholic Charities placing Somalis from Uganda refugee camp in Minnesota

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 11, 2017

The other day when I wrote about the large number of Somalis entering the US from refugee camps in Kenya, I wondered who were all the refugees coming from Uganda and here we learn they are Somalis too!

We have written so many posts about Somalis/Catholic Charities in Minnesota, I have lost track. But, I do remember when I first learned that it was three ostensibly Christian federal refugee contractors who first placed Muslim Somalis in Minnesota decades ago,and they are still at it.  See that 2011 post here.

It was the generous welfare that made Minnesota so attractive to these resettlement contracting agencies.



Somali Muslims are being placed in Minnesota from Nakivale Refugee Camp in Uganda.


Here is the story that caught my eye just now, from CNS news:

A Somali couple with three children is seeking a new life in Minnesota thanks to a Catholic Charities’ resettlement program that cites a Christian imperative for its work.

“Now the family is together and thankful for their new home. While they are learning about Minnesota and adjusting to the cold weather, they have a place to live and food in the cupboards,” Julia Jenson, Catholic Charities St. Paul-Minneapolis director of external affairs and communications, told CNA.

The family comes from the Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda, which hosts 100,000 Somalis who have fled conflict at home.



Laurie Ohmann: the Pope tells us to work with the “poor and the vulnerable in our community.” So why not help the American poor before bringing in third world poor? Photo:

For Ohmann [Laurie Ohmann, senior vice president of client services and community partnerships at Catholic Charities of St. Paul-Minneapolis], the agency’s motive for refugee resettlement is clear.

“It’s an issue of human dignity and supporting their participation in our economic and cultural life,” she said. [Refugee resettlement is about protecting people from persecution, not about economic and cultural opportunities we can give them. See recent report about a Minnesota Somali safely going home to Somalia!—ed]

She cited the principles of Catholic social teaching and Pope Francis’ prominence in “welcoming the stranger and working with the poor and the vulnerable in our community.”


Ohmann acknowledged some Americans’ safety concerns about refugees.

Ohmann then goes through the usual talking points about security screening, which we have learned is pretty much useless with nomadic Somalis who have no records and whose children have grown up to become jihadists right here in America!  See my answer, here, to their talking points about their assertion that refugees are harmless.

And, much to the reporter’s credit for bringing up another of Catholic Charities placement—the Ohio State stabber! So much for vetting!

Among those aided by Catholic Charities affiliates was Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the 20-year-old who in November drove a car into a crowd at Ohio State University then started to stab passersby before he was shot and killed by a campus police officer. The attacker hurt 11 people, one critically.

Artan had come to Dallas as a refugee from Somalia in June 2014 and stayed in Dallas with his six siblings and his mother for about three weeks before moving to Columbus, Ohio. They had been aided by Catholic Charities of Dallas after vetting by the U.S. State Department.

Dave Woodyard, the Dallas agency’s president and CEO, said there was nothing that stood out about Artan during his brief stay there. [There are many questions still unanswered about this family’s short stay in Dallas and their abrupt move to Ohio—ed]

More here.

See my HUGE archive on Minnesota by clicking here.

Warning to Trump transition… remember we are bringing in certain potentially dangerous ethnic groups from safe places in the world. So it is important not to say something like: “We will stop refugees from Somalia (the country).” We don’t take refugees from Somalia, we take Somalis who have spread out all over the world!

4 Responses to “Catholic Charities placing Somalis from Uganda refugee camp in Minnesota”

  1. michellefromsandiego said

    I like learning about foreign cultures and found this 2011 blog with photos from a volunteer infectious disease physician in Nakivale Refugee Camp in Uganda. Some entries stood out for me because of the despair that comes through in the medical statistics
    – Roughly 6% of the pregnant women are tested positive for HIV.
    – From my rough calculation, about 5% of the patients tested are positive for TB but 25% of patients suspected of TB are tested positive for HIV. The clinic sees between 250 to 350 patients a day. Sixteen staff members live in the quarters behind the clinic, two to a room.
    – The symptoms of malaria are so varied that any child with vomiting and abdominal pain especially when there is a fever warrants a malaria test. This week we are low on adult coartem and have to use oral quinine instead. Also we are low on rapid malaria test kits and have to use them with care.
    -In my training as an infectious disease specialist, we read about such tropical diseases as malaria and cholera and although I have seen cases of malaria in the US mainly from returning travelers from the third world; I have never seen so many cases of cholera and malaria until I volunteered with MTI in Haiti in its cholera outbreak and now in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement. It has been quite a humbling learning experience for me…. [ inadequate water treatment, poor sanitation, and inadequate hygiene are at a greater risk for cholera. – ]
    – tetanus is not very common here but it is more often seen in neonates when the village mid-wives sometimes use cow-dungs for the wounds.

    And, yet the blog reports the matter-of-fact way that families cope with life in the camp…

    Continue reading.

    See also:


    • michellefromsandiego said

      My first reaction after having compiled that list is that we –anyone– should be setting up sanitary facilities to reduce the incidence of cholera. Refugee resettlement funding penalizes the people who stay and sets up the settlers for a shock when trying to acclimate to a new way of life.


  2. Call me xenophobic if you wish, but when I see Christian churches in Saudi Arabia, then I will say it is OK to bring Moslems to the US. Actually , what all these “charity” groups are doing is trying to change our demographics and CULTURE. I personally prefer to help AMERICANS in AMERICA. I like to select my own favorite charities, not to have the UN or even the US Government select them for me. The USA is a country founded on Judeo-Christian principles by people of a Western European CULTURE. Anything that weakens our AMERICAN CULTURE I do not want..

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  3. Of course Christians are responsible to love, and convert, Somalis and any Muslims who make it to the U.S. Still, we are naive if we welcome Muslims from anywhere, given the Koran’s teachings.


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