Managing Editor's Note: We are proud to share the correspondence between the Somali community and the Minneapolis Department of Health.
Hi Edith, Dr.Sanne and Doug.
Per our conversation this morning, you told me that Dr,Punyko is working really hard and putting allot of time in to this issue, and that it will be really irresponsible on her part if she just blurted out the numbers without making sure the numbers are right.
I would like to thank Dr. Punyko for putting all her time in to this matter, however its not changing anything. I for one are not convinced that MDH is going to do anything different for us as a Somali community than they haven't done for the American people in this state.
When I first got this country ,first person I met was an immigration officer and what he told me was ,you come to a great country where everything is possible and where the American forefathers made sure people like you have a voice, freedom and a good life ,so exercise those rights when ever you need them, and so that reason today I salute every American forefather.
In Somalia we had Government which was for the most part corrupted ,but what I remember and was told was that they never hurt their people on purpose when it come to health crisis.
I know that MDH can do better than poor government that existed in Africa in 1990.
I know that all of you are trying to do your best and at the sometime just doing your job, but I want you to remember that there is Somali family out there tonight who are not getting any sleep, because of their autistic child. I want you to remember that there is Somali families getting divorce because of autism. I want you to remember that there is a father alone with autistic child with no help.
You are a part of our government your job is being done by other organizations such as Generation Rescue and many others.
MDH should have provided the families help ,alternative treatments and many other financial help.
everyone at MDH your self consciousness should bother you ,there is a say from my home country,MADAX MUUQDO IYO MINDI SAAWIR AH MIDNA LAGAMA QUUSTO, the meaning is: "If a knife is not cutting well you still have a hope that it will cut soon."