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PRESS RELEASE  Protest at the US State Department sponsored by The Somali  American community in the Washington metropolitan area, speaking  on behalf of the Somali Americans.  On Friday, June 17, 2011, Somali-Americans in the Washington D.C metropolitan  area held a demonstration at the United States Department of State, to oppose  the Kampala Accord. The demonstrators congregated with the message of peace  and unity. The demonstration was not intended to support or oppose any  particular group including the Transition Federal Government (TFG) or  Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP). The demonstrators expressed their deep  sadness and frustration over the current situation in Somalia.  A team of two members of the community met with the officials of the US State  Department. The message was simply to encourage and support constructive  dialogue to resolve the current crisis in Somalia. The team also expressed their  concern regarding that, the members of the Somali American community in the  Washington metropolitan area, speaking on behalf of the Somali Americans, are  deeply troubled by the recent political developments in Somalia. Like many  American with immigrant roots, we have special ties to our land of origin.  However, unlike many Americans, we are recent immigrants most of whom have  families, relatives, and extended families in Somalia. We feel and experiences  first-hand the horrors of suffering, death, and destruction that most Americans  see in the media. To us those images are not suffering people in a distant land.  They are our parents, brother, sisters, relatives and friends.
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