June 28, 2016

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Ohio conference discusses Somalia future, problems

COLUMBUS — Somalia’s numerous problems, from piracy to humanitarian suffering to receiving money from overseas immigrants, are the subject of a two-day conference at Ohio State University.

The previously scheduled conference comes just days after U.S. special forces rescued two hostages inside Somalia and killed nine captors in the process.

The Somalia at Crossroads conference begins today and includes Somali officials, academic experts and a representative from the U.S. State Department.

Columbus has as many as 20,000 Somali residents, the country’s second-largest population after Minnesota.