Minnesota Somalis decry money-wire freeze

December 31, 2011 at 4:20 am in Grand Forks Herald

Holding signs with pictures of emaciated children and messages such as “Somalis are starving because of U.S. Bank Policy,” more than 200 people rallied Friday to protest the severing of a cash “lifeline” to Somalia. Cars honked in support as drivers sped past the rally at Minneapolis’ Peavey Park. The demonstration was organized by the Somali American Money Services Association (SAMSA). Protesters called for a legal fix that would allow Somali-owned hawalas, or money-transfer businesses, to start wiring money overseas again. Continue Reading