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Minnesota's Somali community rallying to support its flood-devastated homeland

Members of Minnesota's Somali community are rushing to the aid of their homeland as it grapples with heavy rains and floods that have killed nearly 100 people, displaced an estimated 700,000 and ravaged several regions since October.

A newly formed local emergency flood relief committee consisting of faith leaders, elders and community members has been raising money and spreading the word about the dire conditions in the East African nation, which have affected 1.7 million people and pushed the country into a state of emergency.

The committee's goal is to raise $1 million by the end of the year. It's working through the Humanitarian African Relief Organization (HARO), a Minneapolis-based nonprofit.


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