Meet the Somali refugee who loves African Salad – IOTW Report

Meet the Somali refugee who loves African Salad

Somali refugee chokes woman ‘nearly unconscious’ while high on khat.

 SNIP: What is Khat? Hell if I know. So I went looking around. says:

Street terms for Khat: (pronounced Cot) Abyssinian tea, African salad, oat, kat, chat, and catha. Also referred to as qat in Yemen, tschat in Ethiopia, and miraa in Kenya.

What does Khat look like?

  • Khat is a flowering evergreen shrub native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Khat that is sold and abused is usually just the leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat shrub.

How is Khat used?

  • Khat is typically chewed like tobacco.
  • The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat shrub are chewed, and then retained in the cheek and chewed intermittently to release the active drug.
  • Dried plant material can be made into tea or a chewable paste.
  • Khat can also be smoked and even sprinkled on food.

What are the health side effects of Khat use?

  • Common side effects include anorexia, tahycardia, hypertension, insomnia, and gastric disorders.
  • Chronic Khat abuse can result in symptoms such as physical exhaustion, violence, and suicidal depression.
  • Widespread frequent use of Khat impacts productivity because it tends to reduce worker motivation.
  • Khat can induce manic behaviors, hyperactivity, and hallucinations.
  • There are reports of Khat-induced psychosis.


Can you imagine running into a refugee with some of  those symptoms?
A lazy, skinny, fart-ridden male with high blood pressure who is prone to violence and hallucinations?
Now imagine you are in Europe with hundreds of thousands of them around you.

On to our story: -A 30-year-old East African migrant is accused of strangling a woman to the point of “nearly unconscious” at a motel in Stearns County, Minnesota, while high on the Somali drug of choice — khat.

Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, described by the local newspaper as “a St. Cloud man,” was charged Tuesday with felony domestic assault, fifth-degree felony possession of a controlled substance and interfering with a 911 call.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court, officers were dispatched to Asteria Inn & Suites in Waite Park on Saturday for a domestic assault in progress. Officers said they were allowed inside the room and noticed a woman “was crying and motioned to her neck.”

She told police Ahmed had “strangled her which interfered with her breathing and that (he) punched her three times in the breast,” the complaint states. The victim had bruises and a scratch on her chest.

[This happened one day after another Somali refugee, Asad Abu Mohamed, 32, was caught trying to rape a female student in the women’s restroom at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Minneapolis.]

Officers saw Ahmed attempting to put a plastic bag in his pocket that officers believe to be khat, which is a green, leafy plant grown in Somalia that contains the narcotic cathinone, also known as Catha edulis. It is illegal in the U.S. but that doesn’t stop Somalis from smuggling it into the country, often through a European city. MORE HERE


9 Comments on Meet the Somali refugee who loves African Salad

  1. Any other “immigrant” who did this would be summarily deported, but these are “refugees”, and so will stay. And thousands added every year.

  2. i read that book before, the khat in the hat.
    it’s a sad story.

    it’s all about population control, they just don’t know it yet.
    survival of the smartest and they’re just not that smart.

    Khat use has long been a part of Yemeni culture and is used in virtually every social occasion. The main component of khat is cathinone, which is structurally and functionally similar to amphetamine and cocaine. Several studies have demonstrated that khat chewing has unfavorable cardiovascular effects.

    you don’t say!

    Khat Use: History and Heart Failure


  4. Remember the Somali cop in Minneapolis who shot that woman because he was “startled” by a loud noise? Now it’s all a little clearer, isn’t it?

  5. New Immigration Policy

    You have to spend the first 5 Years in a Zoo…

    Under observation…followed by a Work Release Program

    and no Voting for ten Years after You’re out.

  6. A lazy, skinny, fart-ridden male with high blood pressure who is prone to violence and hallucinations?

    She who must be obeyed confirms all those traits.

    She who must be walked seems quite fond of them.

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