Former Daadab refugee becomes first Muslim woman elected in US congress

Ilhan Omar, she has made history by being the first Muslim woman to be elected in the US congress./COURTESY

Minnesota, USA: Ilhan Omar, a former Daadab refugee, and Rashida Tlaib who is of Palestinian descent, have made history, by being the first Muslim women to be elected in the US congress.

The 37 year old Somali-American was elected as the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 5th district.

The former refugee who spent four years at the Daadab refugee camp in Kenya from 1991, will assume office on the 3rd of January, 2019, succeeding fellow Democrat Keith Allison.

Ilhan made history for the first time in November 2016 by beating Republican nominee Abdimalik Askar and becoming the first Somali-American legislator in the United States.

Omar and her family came to Kenya in 1991 after the start of the civil war in Somalia.

She stayed at the Daadab refugee camp until 1995 when her family emigrated to the U.S.