Somali-Canadians urged to help police solve homicides

Mourners carry the casket of Abdi Ali Mohamud after his funeral in Edmonton June 7. Mohamud, a man of Somali background, was slain on June 3

Canada – Somalis in Edmonton launched a campaign Tuesday to encourage community members to co-operate with police and help solve a number of homicides in the city. 

“We believe there’s enough intelligence in the community regarding some of these cases and we hope people come forward,” said Ahmed Hussen, the national president of the Canadian Somali Congress.

“We are part and parcel and integral to this city and it’s in our vested interest to make sure this city’s safer.”

Thirteen young Somalis have been killed in Edmonton over the past four years with 11 of those cases remaining unsolved.

Posters encouraging Somali-Canadians to help police will be posted along 118th Avenue.   A phone help line for youth at risk is also being established.

The community’s long-term goal is to establish a drop-in centre for young people once they raise enough money.