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Published August 27, 2011, 09:28 PM

Local Groups Raise Money For Somalia

The United African Community of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks is doing what it can to help fight the famine in Somalia. UAC partnered with New American Services to hold a fundraiser potluck at the International Center in Grand Forks.

The United African Community of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks is doing what it can to help fight the famine in Somalia. UAC partnered with New American Services to hold a fundraiser potluck at the International Center in Grand Forks.

"People are dying with anger. That's why we just decided to stand up and help in any way," United African Community member Faisel Elmi said.

Faisel Elmi left Mogadishu, Somalia in 1990, but he still has family living there. The great famine in Somalia has pushed the United African Community to raise money to help get food, water, and medical supplies to people who are suffering.

"Many people are dying, especially children and some of them don't even have water to drink that could let them live for even another 24 hours," United African Community President Alexander Azenkeng said.

United African Community is a new group in the Grand Forks area. They put on their first fundraiser with help from New American Services.

"Fundraising for money, as simple as that seems, is probably the best effort that we can make right now," New American Services Coordinator Tara Dupper said.

"If I can, I could have helped them a lot but I'll do whatever I can right now," Elmi said.

Money from the potluck will be sent to the American Refuge Committee. The non-profit, international organization directly helps people in Somalia.

"I mean, anything, any cause that involves human suffering is something that hits home for everyone, not only for us who come from Africa but Americans in general," Azenkeng said.

United African Community is also asking church congregations in the area to help with the effort.

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