12 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 11/25/09 - 1:12:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Terrorism probe casts scrutiny on Minneapolis' Somali immigrant enclave
Little Mogadishu residents talk of a lack of identity and a life of poverty and racism. And they disagree over their former neighbors who are accused of plotting jihad in Somalia.
Reporting from Minneapolis - Barely a block from the Mississippi River sits a neighborhood Mark Twain could not have imagined.
Men with henna-streaked beards and women in full-body hijabs streamed Tuesday past the Maashaa Allah Restaurant, the Alle Aamin Coffee Shop, the Kaah Express Money Wiring stall, the storefront Al-Qaaniteen Mosque and other similar structures.
This corner of Minneapolis - - the de facto capital of the Somali diaspora in America - - presents many faces: hope and renewal, despair and fear.