Peculiar+Places+to+Look+for+a+Somali+Sovereign--the+Case+of+Minneapolis

Peculiar+Places+to+Look+for+a+Somali+Sovereign--the+Case+of+Minneapolis

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Unformatted text preview: Search All NYTimes.com Africa WORLD U.S. N.Y. / REGION BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE HEALTH SPORTS OPINION ARTS STYLE TRAVEL JOBS REAL ESTATE AUTOS AFRICA AMERICAS ASIA PACIFIC EUROPE MIDDLE EAST THE SATURDAY PROFILE Back From the Suburbs to Run a Patch of Somalia By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN Published: October 2, 2009 ADADO, Somalia Go to Complete List Next Article in World (26 of 31) Keep up with the latest news from Washington with the daily Politics e-mail newsletter. See Sample douglas.blair@gmail.com Change E-mail Address | Privacy Policy Politics E-Mail MOST POPULAR David Brooks: The Wizard of Beck 1. Your Money: The High Price of Being a Gay Couple 2. 36 Hours in Baltimore 3. Personal Health: From Birth, Engage Your Child With Talk 4. Bob Herbert: Cracks in the Future 5. M.I.T. Taking Student Blogs to Nth Degree 6. Letterman Extortion Raises Questions for CBS 7. Paul Krugman: Mission Not Accomplished 8. Gail Collins: All You Have to Do Is Dream 9. A Race in Cardiology 10. SIGN IN TO RECOMMEND E-MAIL SEND TO PHONE PRINT REPRINTS SHARE TWITTER BLOGGED SEARCHED E-MAILED HOME PAGE TODAY'S PAPER VIDEO MOST POPULAR TIMES TOPICS Get Home Delivery My Account Welcome, dblair1 Log Out Help TimesPeople The Saturday Profle - Back From the Suburbs to Run a Patch o... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/03/world/arica/03somalia.ht... 1 o 5 10/3/09 1:29 PM Enlarge This Image Michael Kamber for The New York Times "It was hard for my wife and kids. But I'm doing something big here, and they know that." MOHAMED ADEN The New York Times Adado is one of the safest areas of war-torn Somalia. VIDEO More Video | Multimedia WORLD A Somali-American's Improbable Return After returning to Somalia in 2008 to aid victims of a drought, the locals asked Mohamed Aden to become their leader. In less than a year, he has transformed Adado, Somalia, into an enclave of peace. ABOVE the shimmering horizon, in the middle of a deserted highway, stands an oversize figure wearing a golf cap, huge sunglasses, baggy jeans, and an iPhone on his hip, not your typical outfit in war-torn Somalia. But then again, Mohamed Aden, the man waiting in the road, is not your typical Somali. The instant his guests arrive, he spreads his arms wide, ready for a bear hug. Welcome to Adado, he says, beaming. Now, lets bounce. Mr. Aden, 37, is part militia commander, part schoolteacher, part lawmaker, part engineer, part environmentalist, part king a mind-boggling combination of roles for anyone to play, let alone for a guy who dresses (and talks) like a rapper and recently moved from Minnesota to Somalia in an effort to build a local government. Think of him as the accidental warlord. And a shard of hope. In less than a year, Mr. Aden, who was born in Somalia and emigrated to the United States at age 22, has essentially built a state within a state....
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course POLI SCI 790:103 taught by Professor Blair during the Fall '09 term at Rutgers.

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