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The Life of Ilhan Omar

She fled her country and spent four years in a refugee camp. Now, she’s the first Somali-American in Congress. This is Ilhan Omar's story.

She fled a civil war and became the first Somali-American in Congress

Earlier years

Ilhan Omar was born the youngest of seven siblings in Mogadishu in 1982. At age 8, she fled the country with her family to escape its civil war — then spent four years in a Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995. In 1997, the family settled in Minneapolis’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood — the heart of the Somali diaspora in the U.S. Omar’s interest in politics began at 14, while acting as an interpreter for her grandfather at local DFL caucuses. In 2000, Omar became a U.S. citizen — she was 17.

Speaking out about an American promise not kept

After graduating from North Dakota State University, she started working as an educator in 2006. At 34, she launched her campaign for the Minnesota State House. She won House District 60B in southeast Minneapolis with 78.2% of the vote on November 8, 2016. 2 years later, she ran for Congress and became the first Somali-American lawmaker and one of the first of 2 Muslim women to be elected to Congress, along with Michigan's Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

From refugee to Congresswoman

A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, she has advocated for a living wage, Medicare for all, cancellation of student debt, abolishing ICE. On February 2019, she grabbed headlines over her tough questioning of Trump’s special envoy to Venezuela. Omar faced accusations of anti-Semitism for criticizing the power of the Israeli lobby in Washington and questioning U.S.-Israeli relations. She also became a major target of Donald Trump — who accused her of praising al-Qaeda and downplaying the 9/11 terror attacks. On July 2019, Omar was once again at the center of Trump’s attacks, along with 3 other congresswomen. A mother of 3, Omar has been seen alongside her daughter and climate activist Isra Hirsi. From refugee to Congresswoman, Omar will publish her memoir titled “This is What America Looks Like” in 2020.

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01/07/2020 10:57 AM
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  • Jaden S.
    13 hours

    I love her son so much

  • Norm R.
    19 hours

    I don’t like you. Go away!

  • Sirad H.
    a day

    🐖

  • Ahmed K.
    a day

    USA doesn't belong to anybody

  • Calideeq X.
    2 days

    ilhaan cumar waa gabar somaliyed oo da yar kana yaabsatay donal taramp

  • Zaki T.
    2 days

    Hot leady

  • Fadumo K.
    3 days

    Ilaahn ilaah ha ku xifdiyo waan kugu faraxsanahay hadii aan nahay umada Somaliyeed ee muslimka ah walaasheey ❤️❤️❤️

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Ogoow ilhaan baaye in uu ku bariyi doono duqa Trump ahi

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Duqu muu Danta qaato Ilhaan baan weligiis xukumi doonta isaga iyo kuwa la midka ahba

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Odagaas adigaa u talinayad oo madax u ahasnaya dunida intuu joogo

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Baaye ilhaan rabi guusha dadka siiya meel sare oo wanaag badan kuu qadar markasta iyo meelkasta oo aad joogto ahoow mid xukun sare Aduunka aan joogno ka haysa sharaftaada darteed dadka ugu saray baaye ilhaan Omar inshallah aamiin inshallah aamiin

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Baaye ilhaan dadka Lama sinid ee weligaa ka saray inshallah aamiin

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    In aad adkaato mahee mid xun iyo mid fiican midna kaama helo guusha Adduunka ee u hay Xukunkaaga wanaag badan rabi ha ku yeelo ilhaan meel sare iyo gobanimo sare iyo Darajooyin aan kaa dhamaan inshallah aamiin inshallah aamiin inshallah

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Sharafey Allaah guusha sare adiga iyo dadkaaga kula jira ha siiyo ilhaan baaye inshallah aamiin inshallah aamiin inshallah aamiin

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Oday xumi taliyo ee adigu weligaa talada u hay ilhaan Omar baaye inshallah aamiin inshallah aamiin inshallah aamiin

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Dadka nool ugu saray oo mid kasta ha ku hoos joogo dunida inta aad joogto

  • Mool M.
    3 days

    Sharafta sare lahoow baaye ilhaan inshallah aamiin inshallah aamiin inshallah

  • Abdimalik S.
    3 days

    Lesbian girl

  • Garaadka S.
    5 days

    Ilhan Omar Allah ku xafido wlashey qalbi qali

  • Issack D.
    6 days

    MashaAllah