Somali refugee elected to US Congress

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Ilhan Omar, who has become the first American-Somali to be elected to the US Congress, has expressed her determination to push for the protection of women and refugees.

Ms Omar, who fled civil war in Somalia as a child and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, won Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District in the mid-term elections.

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She is also the joint first Muslim woman to be elected to Congress, alongside Rashida Tlaib.

Somali-Americans have been celebrating her victory.

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Separately, the first person of Eritrean descent has been elected into the US House of Representatives.

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Joe Neguse is the son of Eritrean refugee parents who moved to the US a year before he was born, in order to flee conflict in Eritrea.

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He was elected as a Democrat congressman for Colorado’s Second District in the US mid-term elections, winning 60% of the vote.

He is also Colorado’s first black Congressman and, at 34, the youngest of the nine representatives of the state.

 

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