The invitation sent to nine Somali refugees was vague. It told them only to come to a dinner and meet somebody interested in learning about their culture, somebody who has a mission to help people around the world and has a history of producing results.

Faisal Deri accepted the invitation with no idea that the special guest was Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg swooped into Minneapolis on Thursday night as part of a yearlong tour of the country with a stated goal to hit all 50 states.

Flanked by Somali women in their hijabs, Zuckerberg posted a photo on his Facebook page. He thanked his hosts for their hospitality and for sharing their stories of triumph and struggles with relocating to their new land.

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