Foreign-speaking woman attacked


COON RAPIDS, Minnesota (AP) – A woman who was attacked by another woman in a US restaurant, allegedly because she was speaking a foreign language, said she feels traumatize­d and may move out of Minnesota. Asma Jama told Minnesota Public Radio News that she was chatting with her family in Swahili, one of three languages she speaks, at a Minnesota restaurant on Oct. 30 when a woman in a nearby booth smashed a beer mug in her face. The attack left a deep cut on her lip that required stiches. “Somebody hit me because I was speaking a different language,” said Jama, an ethnic Somali who came to Minnesota in 2000 from Kenya. The woman accused in the attack, Jodie Burchard-Risch, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault.

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