FARGO — The week after the video of a woman calling for the death of all Muslims in a parking lot here went viral, a leader in the Somali-American community told city commissioners they are partly to blame.

“The state and the city asking for how much it costs to have refugees in the community, while a sensible question from the financial standpoint, it has negatively impacted our image in the community,” Hukun Abdullahi said at the City Commission’s Monday, July 31, meeting. “And it also has increased the number of hostile incidents against the refugees.”

The head of the Afro American Development Association, he said his agency helps Fargo-Moorhead refugees integrate into the community but many feel the community doesn’t want to give them a chance and won’t recognize their contributions.

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