|Date:||May 2nd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)|| |
Some South Asian immigrants died here recently when their truck went into a river in the dark. They died slowly, talking to the dispatch on their cell phones, and one of them was quoted in the newspaper as saying, "We do not know the swim." It broke my heart. And I got very worried very quickly, because we have a lot of immigrant kids here in Minneapolis, and we have a lot of water. I am particularly concerned that someone do some kind of outreach for Somali immigrant girls that points out to their parents that falling in is the problem, that even if their kid isn't allowed to go swimming, the problem is not solved. I know there's a Y that has women-only swimming hours because of the Somali population. I just hope that the women who are doing that swimming are reaching out to others in their immediate community.