Somali leader fears for youth

fishHis background is in business, but Abdulkadir Ali thinks his future lies with stopping young Somalis in Columbus and overseas from getting into trouble or being lured into terrorism.

That’s why the chairman of the Somali-American Chamber of Commerce in Columbus is resigning today so he can focus on a venture called New Hope Job Training and Development.

It’s a simple concept, even if the logistics and finances are not.

Ali wants to create summer job training and educational programs here. And he has traveled to Africa to talk with the U.S. State Department and aid agencies about building recreation centers and creating technical schools, sports centers and youth programs in war-ravaged Somalia.

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