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Historical Background

Somalia has been without a government since 1991, when President Barre was ousted and the nation was plunged into lawlessness and clan warfare.

Today the war continues forcing nearly one-half of the seven million people to flee to other countries  In all, twenty four countries host Somali refugees.  From the effects of the war, famine and disease, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands have died during this two decade conflict.

Somali refugees started arriving in the U.S. in 1991. Since 1995, Columbus, Ohio has proven to be a popular destination for refugees and today Ohio has the second largest Somali population in the U.S.  It is estimated that there are at least 38,000 Somali immigrants and refugees living in the Columbus metropolitan area.  In addition, it is estimated that 200 immigrants can be expected monthly within the next four years.  These figures give a critical reason why the Somali community Association of Ohio (SCAO) must continue providing current services while preparing to address future needs of this population group.

The SCAO was founded in 1996, and has been providing services for the Somali community since 1999.  Many individuals and different Somali groups from a wide range of Somali political and geographical locations work with the SCAO behind the scenes to provide to the Somali community in Central Ohio.  As a result, we have been able to successfully provide a Somali approach to social services that had not previously been attempted.


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