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November 29, 2010

Surviving Mogadishu

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For the past year and a half, we’ve been keeping up with news events in Mogadishu through regular messages from a young man who lives there - Abdi. Like many young people, he's willing to brave bomb explosions, shells and violence to stay in the city where he has work and connections. Abdi finds life in the camps outside the city too restrictive. But now that he's learned his girlfriend is leaving the country, Abdi has found himself questioning everything.

Next Chapter: Omar Deghayes

The British government has just made the decision to give compensation to 16 former detainees of Guantanamo Bay. Omar Deghayes is one of those who's been a part of a lawsuit being brought against the government in the U.K. for its complicity with the detentions in Guantanamo. We checked in with Omar about the latest news. He says receiving the money is not the reason why he and the others fought for a resolution to this case.


The murder rate in Chicago has been steadily climbing this year. The author Greg Neri has been watching the news closely. Greg’s latest novel, “Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty," is an attempt to make sense of the death of an eleven year old boy who killed someone, and was killed himself, in Chicago.


Rian and Paula were young lovebirds back in July 1971 when they watched the sun setting over Lake Michigan. Rian carved their initials into a giant log, they kissed, then walked back to her family’s cottage. Years later, Rian’s sister gave the couple an unexpected present that brought back memories of that summer evening.   

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