U.S. Congressman Visits Somalia; First Visit By Member Of Congress In Many Years

U.S. media is reporting that Congressman Keith Ellison make the first visit to Somalia in many years by a member of Congress. According to an AP report: Feb 19, 2013 MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. congressman visited Somalia’s capital on Tuesday, the first visit in years by a member of Congress to what until recently was considered one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, said his visit to Mogadishu fulfilled a request from his constituents with ties to Somalia. Minnesota has one of the largest populations of Somali-Americans in the U.S. Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, noted that the U.S. government in mid-January recognized the Somali government for the first time since the country fell into anarchy in 1991. (continue reading...)