This article details the explanations he received in Facebook discussions over the last week of March 2020 when reaching out in Somali on Facebook, asking the Somali global community for their opinions regarding this startling and grim statistic. âSomalis are unpopular in this country and therefore, are unlikely to receive real health care service. In 2007, she was responsible for designing the psychological and Islamic challenge aspects of the Detainee Rehabilitation Program in Iraq to be applied to 20,000 + detainees and 800 juveniles. Meet the Sweden-based Somali bandy team, a story of integration. dark-skinned adults with low sun-exposure and/or individuals with risk factors for respiratory tract infections. One Somali sheikh listened to by some in the global diaspora, of particular concern for giving bad advice over the Internet, is Mohamud Abdi Umal. Somalis are not the ones who take what is going to be taken as history and learn from it.”, 37-year-old Somali Mohamed Omar who lives in Garowe, Somalia agrees on the stubborn and resistant nature of Somali diaspora populations stating, âThe main reason is that they have not followed the health instructions given to them. 6. After the Somali death toll reached disproportionate to the percentage number of those living in Sweden, the authorities decided to interpret all useful information into Somali language.”, Abdirahman Sayid explains. All rights reserved. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i6583. This page provides - Somalia Population - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Most of the time that is how they contracted the COVID-19 from each other.”.  The mechanism is debated; however, modulation of the renin-angiotensin system has been implicated in animal studies of acute respiratory distress syndrome, and angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 is a well-established receptor for the SARS-CoV virus.. BMJ Open. 7. On the other hand, Somalis visit each other and share the pain with the sufferer so they avoid the patient feeling discriminated against or to feel that they are not to blame later on.”. Lastly, most of the Somali people over are 50 have diabetes or high blood pressure.”. To draw comparisons between the Somali experience in Minnesota and Sweden, it is first necessary to present some preliminary population data. April 3, 2020 Anne Speckhard, Othman Mahamud and Molly Ellenberg. 2. 4. Martineau AR, Jolliffe DA, Hooper RL, Greenberg L, Aloia JF, et al. She is a sought after counterterrorism expert and has consulted to NATO, OSCE, the EU Commission and EU Parliament, European and other foreign governments and to the U.S. Senate & House, Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, CIA, and FBI and appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CTV, and in Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, London Times and many other publications. In Denmark, the population is at 18,000, and The Netherlands is home to 34,000 Somalis. It was amazing!â. Can Case of Samantha Elhassani Be a Positive Example for Repatriation of Other ISIS Wives? 8. Sweden's Arab-speaking community has by some estimates grown to become the country's largest, surpassing the speakers of Finnish at some point after the 2015 migrant crisis, when 163,000 asylum seekers from predominantly Arab-speaking nations entered the country. Here itâs a free country you know.â, Large Families, Overcrowding, Economic Factors and a Culture of Social Gathering. These include: 1) a culture of stubborn disregard of advice from authorities; 2) ignorance due to language barriers when that advice comes in languages other than Somali. She has interviewed over 700 terrorists, their family members and supporters in various parts of the world including in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Former Soviet Union and the Middle East. Editor’s choice. Mohamed Abdi says, âThey encourage people not to hear the infidel statementsâguidelines, which they say could lead Muslims astray.â These clerics, also according to Mohamed Abdi, encourage people to doubt all the government advisory measures about hand washing and other methods of prevention. 45-year-old Ahmed Farah from Stockholm blames the community for failing to heed health warnings as well as misinformation from religious scholars, “Somalis are stubborn people who do not listen to the messages of health and institutions of health and government institutions. Mohamed Abdi also references religious faith, âSomalis pride themselves, and believe if they read some Quranic verses, they can avoid this disease, which is also told to them by the clerics who prevent community integration.â These clerics, according to Mohamed Abdi, encourage separation through business and schooling in Islamic madrasas. The Board has declared ASD in the Somali population in Sweden a prioritized area of research. Somali-Swedes have criticized authorities for not doing enough to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic, national broadcaster SVT has reported. Social Distancing in Sweden is ignored mostly by the Somali community, the Somali population in Sweden is 70k .7% of the population. In addition, Somalis are not afraid from disease. They kill time there. “Yesterday a former colleague called me, who had a cold and flu and COVID-19 symptoms. 2020;94(7). Thus, the community finds it harder to practice the necessary social distancing to protect from COVID-19. Several generations can live in the same apartment," he added. Beside the foods they eat do not have enough nutrition to defend their health and immune system.â In reference to unpopularity, Ibrahim Guled is likely referencing prejudice and the fact that Somalis have also been overrepresented in Swedish statistics for those who joined ISIS and the fact that Swedish international workers have been killed by extremists in Somalia. A fifth camp, Kambioos, was closed in February 2017.  In this vein, 22-year-old Somali Towfiq Shire Muuse, who lives in Amsterdam, remarks about the general Somali ignorance of the Swedish quarantine but adds that social gathering seems to be preventing this type of stigmatization in the community: “The Swedish government has ordered closures of businesses and mosques, but it appears that some Somalis are still going to mosques and making social gatherings. The party earned only 3 percent support in 2010. âMostly, men are less informed, and they are those who do more socializing, meet in cafeterias, mosques, soccer fields, as well as those who are taxi and bus drivers.â, In this regard, 23-year-old Faduma Ahmed, one of the two females who participated in this discussion, who is of Somali origin and lives in Gothenburg, Sweden comments, âThey had no information about this disease, as they have a language barrier for news (Swedish newspapers and TV) and most of them they do not listen.â. 6 of the 15 victims who have died of COVID-19 are Somali. This is not braveness; it is stupidity, since they have been told that the disease transmits through physical contact and sitting close to each other. Today it is polling at around 18 percent. Iâve watched shows from Somali National TV televised where the reporter asked people playing and socialising at Lido beach in Mogadishu [Somalia] if they are unaware of corona virus. Census numbers put the state's Somali's population at about 40,000, but community activists have said it's higher. A Somali super mum in Sweden. Rinkerby one of the residential areas embodies the runaway crime and is seen as a reflection of Swedenâs failed immigration policies. This small number has continued to grow, however. There are reports from all over the world of fanatical religious preachers representing fringe elements of most of the major faiths telling their communities to continue coming to worship, even to take religious pilgrimages, that God will not allow them to fall ill. A Christian preacher of a mega-church in the United States, for instance, was arrested after holding large church services repeatedly during the U.S. , Othman queried about this as well: âIs there any public confidence that this disease would not occur to them, because they are Muslims?â, “Very much so. Many in these communities are more likely to live in crowded, multigeneration households and are unable to work remotely. As of April 30, 2017, UNHCR estimated that aâ¦ Comorbidity and health-related quality of life in Somali women living in Sweden. Eur J Nutr. Last month, data from Swedenâs Public Health Agency confirmed that Somali Swedes made up almost 5 percent of the country's COVID-19 cases, yet represented less than 1 percent of its 10 million people. ... and around 90 percent of the population coming from an immigrant background. Why don’t you get rid of the small virus? Pediatr Blood Cancer 2018;65(12):e27361. Will Upcoming Trials of ISIS Women in Syria Speed Up Repatriations of Some? In Iraq, doctors reported that some Iraqis who were diagnosed with COVID-19 took it as a social and religious disgrace, mixing the contagious aspects of COVID-19 with former ideas about the sexual spread of AIDs. The population in Sweden grew at its slowest rate in 15 years in the first half of the year, the same figures show. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m1101. She is a sought after counterterrorism expert and has consulted to NATO, OSCE, the EU Commission and EU Parliament, European and other foreign governments and to the U.S. Senate & House, Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, CIA, and FBI and appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CTV, and in Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, London Times and many other publications. Scand J Prim Health Care 2019;37:174-81. doi: 10.1080/02813432.2019.1608043. Other Swedish medical experts estimate 18 percent of the COVID-19 deaths country-wide are from the Somali community. 29-year-old Somali Nur Abdi, who lives in London and belongs to the large Somali diaspora in the United Kingdom, comments about economic factors saying, âSomalis live in large overcrowded housing units and most of them are likely to be out engaging on the doorstep.â The Independent newspaper also references the difference in housing between mainstream society and the Somali minority group, stating that more than half of Swedes live one per household, compared to the Somalis typically living in large family units. in Forensic Psychology from The George Washington University and a B.S. Of course, this is can have dire results if those transmitting the illness do not take responsibility for infecting others in their communities. In this last regard, 4) extremist preachers on the Internet and on the ground have unfortunately encouraged disregard for Swedish prevention recommendations and social distancing, saying instead that oneâs fate is ordained by Allah and that only non-Muslims will contract COVID-19. In the past three years, she has interviewedÂ 239 ISIS defectors, returnees and prisonersÂ as well as 16 al Shabaab cadres and their family members (n=25) as well as ideologues (n=2), studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism, their experiences inside ISIS (and al Shabaab), as well as developing the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project materials from these interviews which includes over 175 short counter narrative videos of terrorists denouncing their groups as un-Islamic, corrupt and brutal which have been used in over 125 Facebook campaigns globally. In the past three years, she has interviewed ISIS (n=239) defectors, returnees and prisoners as well as al Shabaab cadres (n=16) and their family members (n=25) as well as ideologues (n=2), studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism, their experiences inside ISIS (and al Shabaab), as well as developing the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project materials from these interviews which includes over 175 short counter narrative videos of terrorists denouncing their groups as un-Islamic, corrupt and brutal which have been used in over 125 Facebook campaigns globally. People cannot be forced. Therefore, the International Center for Violent Extremismâs [ICSVE] Junior Research Fellow, Othman A. Mahamud, a Somali who lives in Australia, conducted an Internet research foray into the Somali Facebook global diaspora and Somali communities to explore the possible explanations for this disturbing phenomenon. This disease will only kill non-believers.â But they are wrong. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2013;13:237. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-237. 3. This is not a people who read and learn about health awareness and who are careful. She has interviewed over 700 terrorists, their family members and supporters in various parts of the world including in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Former Soviet Union and the Middle East. Molly Ellenberg, M.A. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27361. "Many live in crammed quarters there. 9. , A risk factor that we want to highlight, however, is the low vitamin D levels found in the Swedish-Somali population. Likewise, 3) the Somali diasporaâs tendency for large multi-generational families living in close quarters in a cold climate where some may wish to escape to cafes, outdoor stoops, mosques or other places to gather, or have to work. in Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology from UC San Diego. The men who made the missile and made the navy, went to the moon, and reached the medical sciences very advanced levels in the world. My friend said, the Somalis were still there. 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Looking back, in the year of 1960, Somalia had a population of 2.8 million people. "When [coronavirus] spread to Sweden, there was not so much information in Somali, and many continued living as usual," Jihan Mohamed , a board member of the Swedish Somali Medical association, told the publication. In 2005 in Gothenburg, 45% of adult Somalis had zero income from employment, compared to 27% of all born abroad and 10% of those born in Sweden. The result has been the rise of the Sweden Democrats, a party whose bland name conceals a Nazi past. Of the first 15 people to die of coronavirus in and around Stockholm, six were of Somali heritage â a group that makes up less than 1% of the areaâs population. Cashman KD, Ritz C, Adebayo FA, Dowling KG, Itkonen ST, et al. University educated, 25-year-old Swedish Somali Abdirahman Sayid states, âI think the best way to spread the health messages and the best ways that everyone remains protected is that public health agencies spread the information through local Somali radio and social media.â He goes on to explain that there are also gender differences in who becomes most at risk from either ignorance or wilful disregard of health messages. 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[But,] in that world there was an invasion of a virus that the eye didn’t catch. The total population in Somalia was estimated at 15.3 million people in 2019, according to the latest census figures and projections from Trading Economics. Nur also comments about the health situation and lowered immune system in the aged saying, âPeople are living with three generations in the same house, since using a nursing home is not part of our culture.â Likewise, Nur explains that he has observed a poor diet among many Somalis, possibly contributing to increased susceptibility to the virus, and that Somali culture is very social, that, âIf someone only lives by his or herself, Somalis see that as someone who is actually crazy.â He also comments on the issue of the language barrier, âThe unknown language and the radio stations in Sweden are not working for them.â, 30-year-old British Somali Deeqa, who lives in London and is the other female Somali to respond in these Facebook discussions, blames ignorance, ill-health in the elders in the community and that Somalis are concentrated and like to gather socially. According to Statistics Denmark, as of 2017, there are a total 21,204 persons of Somali origin living in Denmark.Of those individuals, 11,832 are Somalia-born immigrants and 9,372 are descendants of Somalia-born persons. Life in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby seen through the eyes of a mother fighting to improve life for its residents. At ICSVE, she is working on coding and analyzing the data from ICSVEâs qualitative research interviews of ISIS and al Shabaab terrorists, running Facebook campaigns to disrupt ISISâs and al Shabaabâs online and face-to-face recruitment, and developing and giving trainings for use with the Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Project videos. From this small informal polling in the Somali language on Facebook of the Somali global community and diaspora, it appears that there are four main factors to which the over-representation of the Somali Swedish community in COVID deaths in Sweden can be attributed. firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com. It showed that a disproportionate number of immigrants, in particular from Somalia, Iraq, and Syria, were among the COVID-19 cases registered â¦ pii: e001663. For COVID-19 researchers, the new year brings a strong sense. He took no advice, and the health prevention measures of the restaurants are also still the same; no precautions at all. According to a meta-analysis, vitamin D supplementation (daily-weekly dosage) prevents acute respiratory tract infections, especially in those with 25(OH)-D below 25 nmol/l (NNT = 4). Her research has also been published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. Considering that only 0.84% of the Stockholm County population was born in Somalia (n=8,178 by December 2019) this is an astonishing high rate. Although this observation is anecdotal, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Somali refugees in the U.S. indeed have higher rates of hypertension and diabetes than the general population, and other studies have found PTSD in Somali first-generation immigrants to the U.S. who were tortured at home with one center finding men having unexplained heart attacks at relatively young ages. is a Somali Australian who has a BS in Security and Counter Terrorism from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia and is embarking now on a Masterâs degree in Psychology at Monash University, Melbourne. She states, “Even if the person is COVID-19 positive, he or she believes that it is normal flu and they donât self-isolate. Â 40-year-old Ibrahim Guled who lives in Stockholm, Sweden also asserts, âSomalis in Sweden are the least educated community among the Somali diaspora in the world, so a lack of low awareness and self-correction happened to them.â In addition to that, Ibrahim Guled states. The increased rate of children with autism in the Somali population living in Stockholm has attracted attention from the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden. Until today many people believe that myth. Although it may not always be helpful, it is unlikely to be harmful. 25-year-old Somali Swedish Abdirahman Sayid, who is university educated, refers to the widespread Islamic belief in God-ordained fate: “In my view, the reason why they did not take the governmentâs advice was that they intuitively listen to Somali clerics when it comes this intense wide spread of sickness and they say, âWhat is meant to happen to my health, itâs already ordained by Allah.â But, the Quran never said, âDonât look after yourself.â They are misinterpreting the Quran.”, Abdirahman goes on to state, âA man we used to pray together with at the mosque called me and told me that the mosque is still open and that the cafÃ© in the mosque is still working as well!!! Molly has presented original research at the International Summit on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma and UC San Diego Research Conferences. Somalis also have a strong tradition for social gathering and a vibrant culture of mosque going; near constant family celebrations, especially weddings where large groups gather; and a strong belief in God. In fact, a total of 51,405 people died in Sweden between January and June, the largest number of deaths in those months since 1869 (when 55,431 people died, although Sweden's population was much smaller at the time). In that regard, some blamed language barriers as being part of the problem. âBring any infected person to me and let me kiss them and Iâm quite sure that IÂ won’t contract the virus, if he is a true follower of Imam HusseinÂ [the third ShiiteÂ Imam andÂ grandson of the Prophet Muhammad],Â SamawiÂ announced in one of his sermons. 2003 US Census data shows the Somali population in the USA at 30,000, however, the current population estimates range between 30,000 and 150,000. This case example in Sweden teaches an important lesson that diaspora and religious communities may need special attention in times of pandemics. Kenya hosts the largest number of Somali refugees (more than 313,000 as of April 2017), most of concentrated in the Dadaab Refugee Complex, in Garissa County near the Somali border. The data was gathered and released by both the Federal Statistical Office and the State Secretariat for Migration and shows that the 4,000 or so Somalis in Switzerland are by far the most prone to being on government benefits with 83.7 per cent relying on state income, 20 Minutes reports. 10. BMJ. A nation of 9.5 million, Sweden expected to take as many as 190,000 refugees, or 2 percent of the population â double the per capita figure â¦ If you were arrogant yesterday, feel the pain today, which, you have made in your own hand.”. Inside Swedenâs immigrant communities, anecdotal evidence emerged early in the outbreak that suggested that some â particularly those from Somalia and Iraq â were hit harder than others. Many people in minority communities continued life as usual as the coronavirus began to spread in Sweden. These likely can be addressed with good public policy measures that can first reach their target audiences by appealing to the diaspora communities in their own language. 2012;2(6). A Somali super mum in Sweden. Her publications are found here: https://georgetown.academia.edu/AnneSpeckhardWebsite: and on the ICSVE website http://www.icsve.org ... From 2017 onwards immigration to Sweden has dropped, and the 2019 population growth â less than 100,000 people â was the lowest since 2013. European Attacks and the Uproar Over Hate Speech as ISIS Virtual Caliphate Continues to Reign, PERSPECTIVE: Qatar Takes a Major Step Toward a Freer Society. Across Scandinavia this picture is repeated: Sweden has 57,000 Somalis, the second highest population of Somalis in Europe. Considering that only 0.84% of the Stockholm County population was born in Somalia (n=8,178 by â¦  Normally, this diaspora group fades into the background, but now, suddenly, a chilling new statistic brings them to the fore, as 40 percent of the reported COVID-19 â¦ So many of those people answered, âWe are Muslims! Often Somalis are gathering socially. ... including Somali and Arabic due to the deaths in Sweden. The aim of the present work therefore was to perform a new prevalence study in the same Where is the Chinese power? 7 of 10 Somalis had an income less than 5000 SEK per month (1 euro ~ 10 SEK). In 1990, the United â¦ An uptick of COVID-19 cases was therefore expected in Iraq during the Shia feast s as a result of Iranian pilgrims crossing the border without medical health checks and believers flocking together believing that they cannot be infected while on a religious pilgrimage. Likewise, the mosques and restaurants are not yet closed. Most of these issues are likely also active in other Muslim diaspora communities that have not integrated well across Europe and elsewhere, particularly those who may be religiously conservative and have members who follow religious preaching advising them to ignore government health advisories in relation to COVID-19.  In a randomised trial on individuals with frequent respiratory tract infections, treatment with cholecalciferol 4000 IE/day reduced the need for antibiotic treatment. quarantine. Granlund L, Ramnemark A, Andersson C, Lindkvist M, Fhärm E, Norberg M. Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its association with nutrition, travelling and clothing habits in an immigrant population in Northern Sweden. Godlee F. The burning building. Follows Canada in Requiring Travelers to Prove They Have Tested Negative for COVID-19, Sweden Now Recommends Masks When Traveling on Public Transportation. In two different studies, the great majority of Swedish women of Somali origin had very low levels of S-25(OH)-D (, There is evidence that vitamin D is involved in our defence against respiratory tract infections. cramped housing accommodation, high rates of smoking and poor understanding of the Swedish language (which in turn leads to poor understanding of health information on covid-19 provided by the authorities) may explain the situation. Eur J Clin Palmblad J, Höglund P. Ethnic benign neutropenia: A phenomenon finds an explanation. 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