Saint Cloud Unity Walk

Saint Cloud Unity Walk

This Saturday, I was lucky enough to attend something called “Unity Walk” with my family. The purpose of this event was to help bring all of the ethnicities of Saint Cloud together. Ever since the stabbing incident at Crossroads Mall, tension has seemed higher between the Somali community and the rest of the Saint Cloud residents. The Somali community as a whole has been receiving hate due to the actions of one man. I don’t think that this is right, so I wanted to help in any way possible. When my parents informed me of the Unity Walk, I knew that this was my chance to express my support.

At around 10:30 am on Saturday, October 7th, about 200 people gathered to pray for the fate of Saint Cloud and to walk together to try and heal some of the negative emotions in our community. They handed out stickers at the event that said: “Respond With Love,” which I found really inspiring, since there is already so much hate in the world and we don’t need more. T-shirts were also handed out, with “UNITED MIDNIMO UNIDOS” printed on them, which means “United” in English, Somali, and Spanish. We walked from the Saint Cloud Public Library to City Hall, about six blocks. It was only about a twenty minute walk, but as I was walking it was easy to feel the happiness in the air. People were clapping and chanting or just talking to their friends and family. Some even used this opportunity to make a new friend from a different culture. Saint Cloud is a really diverse city, and we take for granted all of the different opinions and cultures that we have here.