How a Minnesota businessman became a successful Somali warlord

10/5/2009 | NYTimes.com

When Mohamed Aden returned to his homeland in Somalia, leaving his family and his business behind in Minnesota, he thought he was just going to help out with a drought for a few weeks. But soon tribal elders turned to him for leadership, asking him to stay and assume command of the area around Adado. In a year, Aden has managed to create one of the most stable, secure regions in the country by embracing the same tribal structures that undermine many other would-be leaders.

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