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Media’s negative focus on Somali youth: what impact is it having on them?

by B. Heidi Ellis, PhD

Recently, there’s been much attention in the media about the Somali youth who have disappeared from Minneapolis and are believed to have been recruited into a terrorist organization based in Somalia, Al-Shabaab. The press has highlighted the potential national security threat posed by these youth joining this organization, which has known ties to Al-Qaeda. While I can’t speak to the level of risk posed by these youth, what I do know is this: For the rest of the Somali community, the media’s relentless focus on the negative is harmful.

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