BROKEN DREAMS – a Documentary

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through American Corners (AC) Mombasa, hosted a showing of the documentary “Broken Dreams” at Leven House in Mombasa on April 12.  “Broken Dreams” is a documentary film about the vanishing Somali youth of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. The movie highlights young Somali boys that decided to give up everything and go back to Somalia to fight alongside Al-Shabab.  Fathia Absie, the director of the film, is a Somali-American freelance journalist and film-maker.  Forty-five representatives from Changamwe, Tudor and Majengo women groups in Kenya participated in the screening.  AC Mombasa Coordinator Biasha O. Seif welcomed participants, introduced AC Mombasa resources, showed the “Broken Dreams” documentary and explained the importance of peace in our communities.  Guests included Zakia Mohammed who is an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumnus.  IVLP is a U.S. Department of State exchange program designed to strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships.  Ms. Mohammed echoed the importance of peace and spoke on why communities in Mombasa are victims of day-to-day terror activities.  After the screening, there was an open discussion allowing the women to share their thoughts and views on radicalization activities.