Banking rules could threaten to cut the flow of money hard-working members of the Somali diaspora in the US send home to their families each year.
Not a good idea to stop the legitimate flow of money to a country facing a food crisis.
Somali-Americans’ greatest fear isn’t that they won’t be able to find the money to support their families—it’s that US government regulations may prevent them from sending it.
People in Somalia depend on support from family members abroad to meet their basic needs. If that lifeline is cut, Somali families may face an uncertain future.
Knowing that a $60 transfer had arrived for me I took my place behind a long procession of Somalilanders eager to collect funds that their relatives, friends and broader kin had sent from other countries.
Imagine tightening your belt so you can set aside a few extra dollars for your kin threatened by famine and conflict, while knowing in the back of your mind that a bank can shut down the transfer service at a moment’s notice.