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Theguardian: ‘The lesson is to be hopeful’: Ilhan Omar’s journey from Somali refugee to US Congress

View image on TwitterIlhan Omar, who lived in a Somali refugee camp when she was a girl and was elected to the US Congress last week, has said she hopes her victory would give hope to those whose childhoods resembled hers.
Omar fled the civil war in Somalia with her family in 1991 and spent four years in the Utango camp, near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, before arriving in the US with her six brothers and sisters under a resettlement programme.theguardian..

RASHIDA TLAIB BECOMES FIRST MUSLIM WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS

rashida congressTlaib rose to victory in a tight and crowded race, claiming 33.2 percent of the vote and beating Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who garnered 29.2 percent of the vote, according to the New York Times. 

Tlaib will replace John Conyers Jr., who had represented the district since 1965 until his retirement last year following allegations of sexual harassment.

Since there are no Republican candidates contesting the seat, Tlaib is expected to enter Congress unopposed after a special election to take place on November 6, 2018, when she will be formally named as Conyer’s successor…..more: www.newsweek.