Cardiff targets ‘isolated’ Somalis

Cardiff Council is planning a communications campaign with the city’s Somali community to counter the Muslim group’s ‘isolation’ following the London bombings.

Working in partnership with the Welsh Assembly, the BBC and community leaders, the council will determine what Somalis need in terms of support.

Somalis account for about 2.5 per cent of Cardiff's 300,000-strong population.

Council senior media officer Jennifer Andrewes said: 'It is a complex community and different groups have different needs.

'After the bombs people look at them differently and the Somalis feel isolated so we need to engage them.' She added that the council wanted to ensure that information about local services was simple and accessible.

Commission for Racial Equality chairman Trevor Phillips hit the headlines last week when he argued that people in Britain were in danger of 'sleepwalking' towards segregated ethnic communities.

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