Ilhan Omar, defied all odds and resisted the Trump wave to become America’s first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator in the just concluded US elections.
The 34-year-old moved to the U.S. at the age of 12, after four years living in a Kenyan refugee camp following her escape from the Somali civil war.
Omar will now represent the Minneapolis District at the State of Representatives in Minnesota State through the Democrat Party.
“I am so proud of this win because District 60B represents Minnesota at its finest,” Ms Omar said.
In an election that starkly divided the country on Tuesday, one result was a glimmer of hope for people who opposed Donald Trump: Minnesota elected America’s first Somali American legislator, Ilhan Omar. “Tonight, we are celebrating this win, our win. But our work won’t stop,” she said after her victory. “We will continue to build a more prosperous and equitable district, state and nation where each and every one of us has opportunities to thrive and move forward together.”
Omar, a practicing Muslim who wears a hijab, walked a long and difficult path to election, and won in a year where Muslims faced a barrage of hate crimes and threats.
Her victory came less than a week after President-elect Donald Trump referred to Somali immigrants in the area as “a disaster” during a rally.