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Nachtengel
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009, 11:52 PM
THE president of a Winnipeg Somali organization is trying to get refugee boys and girls off the street and into the pool -- but separately, out of respect for their culture and Muslim faith.

"I want these kids to be happy," said Abdi Muuse, president of the Winnipeg Somali Confederation Union.

Muuse said he wants Somalis and other youths to have access to sports and arts at a recreational centre that respects their religious beliefs. He wants Winnipeg to have a place where men and women can swim and work out separately while observing religious rules concerning modesty and not showing too much skin around the opposite sex, he said.

There's a lack of recreational facilities in the inner city, and too many vulnerable kids are being lured into gangs, he said.

Newcomers just learning the language need a safe place where they can be kids and play, said the father of two young girls.

Youths need guidance that they aren't getting on the streets and in downtown malls, said Muuse.

He envisions "a place for kids where they learn 'Here you do the right thing -- you go to school. You play soccer and sports is very important. You don't want to be out on the streets and in gangs. We don't want to suffer like we suffered back home. We're in a civilized country now."

Not enough newcomers -- especially women -- are getting to benefit from being here, said Muuse.

Rather than adapting to new lives in Canada, too many women are nearly shut-ins, he said. "They stay at home all day -- 24-7." He said they have limited incomes, speak little English, and need some recreation for their physical and mental health.

Right now, the Somali confederation has a soccer team for boys aged 14 to 18. This afternoon, 16-year-old Mahamed Osman -- whose dad is the coach -- plays the last game of the season at Assiniboine Park.

Muuse said they have no girls' team, and no year-round place for kids to play that's culturally sensitive, keeping genders apart.

Muuse estimates Winnipeg has more than 1,000 Somalis and that number is growing. He said Toronto has 100,000 Somalis and two cultural centres with mosques and separate recreation facilities for boys and girls.

"It reduced crime and the youth came out to play," said Muuse.

He's looking for help to set up something similar in Winnipeg that everyone could use.

A spokesman for the city said they're open to ideas.

"The city would welcome the opportunity to meet with any representatives of the Muslim community or any other faith-based groups to discuss their needs and any requests they might have."

The Canadian Muslim Women's Institute said it is currently in the process of organizing a women's and girls' swimming program at Sherbrook Pool.

Muuse's goal is to one day have a facility that everyone can use with separate pools and exercise rooms for men and women.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/culturally-sensitive-recreation-lacking-community-leader-says-57602752.html

Oh, so sensitive. :oanieyes

Kogen
Thursday, September 10th, 2009, 12:50 AM
Why? A Negro cannot look at a woman without immediately trying to rape it?

Stygian Cellarius
Thursday, September 10th, 2009, 02:56 AM
As much as I don't like the idea of meeting demands made by immigrants. Whatever works in maintaining segregation is a plus.

I'd have to consider all the details, but if separate swimming facilities served to thwart assimilation and strengthen cultural divides, then perhaps it is not such a bad idea.

Basically, whatever can keep us apart long enough until we truly separate.

Sigurd
Thursday, September 10th, 2009, 07:43 AM
What about being culturally sensitive to those of European heritage, where recreation where men and women are not separate, have a long tradition? As usual, "cultural sensitivity" is only employed to cater to Muslims and similar loud recent ethnics. On the other hand, I'm not particularly fussed about not having to share a swimming pool with Muslims, so as long as this swimming segregation is not to the detriment of those of European heritage, I'm not particularly fussed. ;)

uppvaknad
Thursday, September 10th, 2009, 10:08 AM
Where is the feminist outrage? If a white man would have said this he would be destroyed by the media.

Resist
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009, 03:57 AM
As much as I don't like the idea of meeting demands made by immigrants. Whatever works in maintaining segregation is a plus.

I'd have to consider all the details, but if separate swimming facilities served to thwart assimilation and strengthen cultural divides, then perhaps it is not such a bad idea.

Basically, whatever can keep us apart long enough until we truly separate.
Yes, segregation is better than assimilation, but on the other hand, the money to support the preservation of their cultural habits has to come from somewhere, and that's the taxpayer's wallet. Both assimilation and segregation have a bad long-term effect on natives.