Allie Shah

Allie Shah

Reporter | Features
Phone: 612-673-4488
Allie Shah writes about healthy living and wellness issues.

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Cash lifeline to Somalia: Restored but precarious

Amid heightened scrutiny from banks and federal regulators, Minnesota's Somali money transfer shops are fighting to stay alive.

Updated: January 25, 2012, - 11:28 PM

Somalis seek long-term fix to money transfers

One protest leader said concerns weren't addressed by Wells Fargo, which had a different opinion.

Updated: January 18, 2012, - 09:15 PM

Somalis protest wire cutoff by pulling money

They want banks to restore ties to outfits that wire money to Africa.

Updated: January 13, 2012, - 11:58 PM

Somalis face 'a hopeless situation'

Anxiety and frustration are mounting in Minnesota's Somali community, the nation's largest, as people struggle to cope with the Dec. 30 shutdown of the local money service businesses called hawalas.

Updated: January 09, 2012, - 06:58 AM

Jan. 7: Somalis again protest closing of money-transfer accounts

Legislators at the rally vowed to continue the fight to restore what is a lifeline for many in the war-torn nation.

Updated: January 06, 2012, - 10:21 PM

Somalis decry money-wire freeze

In Minneapolis, demonstrators protest the end to transfers as banks worry about aiding terrorism.

Updated: December 30, 2011, - 09:32 PM

Protest today over closing of Somali money wire accounts

Members of the Somali American Money Services Association -- a coalition of money transfer operators in Minnesota -- will hold a rally this afternoon in Minneapolis to protest a loss of banking support that has led them to suspend money-wiring services to Africa.

Updated: December 30, 2011, - 02:52 PM

Cash-to-Africa services frozen

The hawalas that Somalis depend on to send money to relatives are losing their banking connection.

Updated: December 29, 2011, - 08:47 PM

4-year-old believed to be first Minnesota-born lama-reincarnate

Tibetan Buddhists see the extraordinary in this Columbia Heights boy -- a reincarnated guru.

Updated: December 18, 2011, - 09:00 AM

Fighting famine is local

Minnesota's Somali community is in the forefront of the effort to ward off starvation amid civil strife in far-off Somalia.

Updated: November 24, 2011, - 09:20 PM

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