Posted to Religious Diversity News on February 19, 1999
Source: The Columbus Dispatch
On February 19, 1999, The Columbus Dispatch reported on
the efforts of the YWCA Interfaith Hospitality Network in Columbus,
OH to help Somalian immigrants get settled in the area. Since the
1991 civil war in Somalia, Somalis have been fleeing their homeland.
The YWCA Network has helped 400 homeless Somalian families get
settled in the Columbus area. The Network, with volunteers from the
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Baha’i communities, provides beds,
meals, facilities for bathing and laundering, tutoring, and games for
children. These Somalian immigrants, who comprise approximately
one-fifth of the people the YWCA Network helps, are primarily Muslim
and speak no English.