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How a passion for helping Somali youth turned into an award

It was 1996, the year Mohamed Islam moved to Canada from his home in Somalia. He was only thirteen years old -- and he arrived by himself. He knew next to nobody. And he wished there was more support for newcomers.

 

Fast forward 17 years later -- and Mohamed is receiving an award for his work, helping newcomers like him adjust to Ottawa. He's one of the recipients of tonight's Community Safety Awards in Ottawa, and he joined us in studio.

 

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