The mission of the center for somalia history studies is to research the history and lives of the people of somalia and to assemble that information so it can be used to train others on the complexity of the somali experience.
Since 2010 the center for Somalia history studies has been researching, collecting and analyzing thousands of documents regarding the history, culture and lives of the people of somalia. We have over 15,000 documents - 6000 photographs and 3000 videos regarding somali history. Our library also includes extensive Contemporary information regarding al shabaab and Radicalized somali youth who have joined or attempted to join al shabaab, al qaeda or ISIS. we have the finest collection of visual training tools regarding somalia available in the world.
Somalis have always valued their freedom and independence. Since the early 1900's when they fought against the European colonial powers, through their fight for independence in 1960 and their struggle to regain land in Ethiopia and Kenya, - they have held tightly to the belief that Somali problems can best be solved by Somalis. After 24 years of civil war and internal conflict Somalia is poised for a new future if they can resolve the terrorist problem of Al-Shabaab and reconcile their other political factions.
The Center For Somalia History studies has chronicled the history of the people of Somalia including the history of their lives in America. Minnesota is home to the largest number of somalis in North America. Their transition to american life includes many success stories as well as examples of immigration challenges. Since 2007 over 30 Minnesota young people have joined or attempted to join the terrorist organizations of al-shabaab and ISIS. This ongoing trend threatens to harm the future of the somali community. Our extensive research into these cases is designed to help prevent radicalization and attacks on America.