The new US Congress woman representing Minnesota has made her way into the books of history with her majestic win during the mid-term elections.
Here are some facts you need to know about Ilhan Omar
- She lived in Dadaab refuge camp, which is Northern part of Kenya for four years after escaping from war tone Somalia
- She migrated to US with her poor family at the age of 12, then she didn’t know English
- In her story of hope and resilience made her straight into being the first Somali American congresswoman in US history
- The lady born 37 years ago in Somalia. Her mum died while she was a child. Her dad then in Mogadishu worked as a teacher trainer
- Omar is Muslim and belongs to the Majeerteen clan from Northeastern Somalia.
- She learned English in three months largely watching it TV
- She graduated from North Dakota State University with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international studies in 2011
- She became the first Somali-American legislator after being elected in 2016 on a Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
- She also served as a Director of Policy and Initiatives of the Women Organizing Women Network
- In 2002 she married Ahmed Hirsi (né Ahmed Aden) whom they later divorced and married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a British citizen. She would later divorce again and marry Hirsi again whom they have three kids
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States. The legislature consists of two chambers: the House of Representatives and the Senate