"Mom, I'm in Somalia! Don't worry about me; I'm OK," the mother quoted her son as saying.
Details of how he got there and what has transpired in his life since his November disappearance are sketchy. His mother, who agreed to be identified only as Amina, says her son has clearly changed.
"He was different," she said of his attitude on the phone. Watch a report on missing Somalis »
Hassan is one of more than a dozen young men of Somali descent -- many U.S. citizens -- to have disappeared from Minneapolis over the past six months, according to federal law enforcement authorities. Authorities say young men have also disappeared in Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; and Columbus, Ohio. "A number of young Somali men have traveled from throughout the United States to include Minneapolis to Somalia, potentially to fight," said FBI Special Agent E.K. Wilson.
Amina speaks about her son in the past tense, almost as if he were dead. She worries about him night and day. "Now that he's gone, I can't sleep," she said. Watch Amina talk about her son » more..http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/12/12/minneapolis.somalis/index.html?iref=mpstoryview
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