Encouraging words to get to know your neighbors. 300 refugees come to live in Fargo every year, this month, Lutheran Social Services is helping resettle 60 people. But when we hear about ISIS recruiting youth from the Somali-American community in the Twin Cities, it’s easy to stereotype. Sunday, several people worked to break down barriers and learn about their new neighbors.
Lauryl Ivers listened, learned and tried a few words from the culture of Somalia. Along with a dozen others, Ivers came to the downtown Fargo Library for a lesson on Somalia and the people who were born there.
“I think it’s hard for all of us, because if we’re honest with ourselves, we kinda are more comfortable with people like us,” says Ivers.
Ivers grew up in South Fargo. In the past few year she’s noticed the community become more diverse.
“Things have changed so much, such a mix of cultures and I really wanted to know more,” says Ivers.
Shire Mohamed says he wants to educate people about his culture. He has heard about ISIS trying to recruit Somali-American youth in Minneapolis and says that’s the reason many families move to the Fargo-Moorhead area.
“I think it’s always human nature to be able to fear what you don’t know,” says Shire Mohamed.
For Ivers, it’s given her a chance to meet her new neighbors.