Somalia was facing an internal crisis during the 1990s when an internal war was going on between the Somalian government and a Muslim fundamentalists group allied to Al-Qaeda. This led to a civil war where several lives were lost and several other families flew to unknown territories to save their lives. One of the families was that of llhan Omar, who was aged eight when she moved to a refugee camp in Kenya. After spending four tough years in Kenya, her family was offered resettlement by the US government. Her family stayed in Virginia upon their arrival in 1995 before making the trip to Minnesota. According to Omar, her family was one of the first to move to Cedar-Riverside where she resumed her education.
Omar became the first Muslim-woman to serve the congress after she ended her election campaign with a victory against Phyllis Kahn. Her victory came in the aftermath of a revelation that over 25% of the American’s who had joined ISIS in the recent years were from Minnesota.
In simple words, she hasn’t married her brother. This came as a rumor after her victory in the 2016 election, where it was claimed that she was married to two men at the same time, with one of them being her brother. This was later brushed aside by her when she labeled as ‘disgusting lies’.
Donald Trump, on the eve of his victory, called out Minnesota and was quoted saying ” You have seen firsthand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state, “. On July 17, 2019, Donald Trump addressed a crowd of his supporters in North Carolina, where he took a dig at llhan Omar and the crowd chanted “send her back”, to which she responded on twitter saying “Donald Trump is a race-baiting, Xenophobic, religious bigot”.
Omar is a popular figure in her home state, which is the home of the largest number of Somali immigrants. She is highly likely to be re-elected as her feud with Trump has seen her emerge with the image of a woman with tremendous courage, and who is brave enough to take on the government for her rights and that of her close ones.