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Broomhall's Somali community tackles gang culture

The Somalian community in Sheffield have called in a youth worker from Bradford to talk to Broomhall residents about ways of combatting gang culture.

When 22-year-old James Kamara was shot and killed in Broomhall in summer 2009 and four others were injured , it shattered the community.

Since then the Somali Community Centre on Broomspring Lane in Sheffield has been integral in pulling the community back together. They have put on vocational courses, evening events and setting up a mentoring system. It seems to be working:

"This centre is the heart of the Somali community," one of the youths told BBC Look North in August 2010. "It attracts a lot of Somali youths."

"It gets more people off the street," said another young boy. "Stopping them doing bad stuff. They do good stuff here. They learn."

"It's nice," said a young woman. "Everybody's working together as a team. It's not just one community, it's everybody."

It is hoped that the whole community in Broomhall will use the community centre to meet up and learn - not just from courses but also from the people they live with.


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