Ilhan Omar, the first American of Somali origin soon elected in Minnesota

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Our columnist traces the career of the former refugee, set to win in 33 years, a Democratic seat in the state in the Midwest.Blessed time for xenophobic populists. Shamelessly no, they erect their lies by irrefutable facts. They often fly. One trumpeted everywhere he wants to give back to his country to its former greatness, the other claims to save the people of Béziers , which he is the elected official, the invasion of foreigners. A thousand miles of these barkers, it is pleasing tosee emerge here and there personalities unexpected that bring meaning to the policy , by setting up other forms of relational economy.

 

It’s on a television screen that I saw for the first time in March 2016. She played big that night and she was not ignorant. Towards the end of the night, the result falls: the Democratic primary in Minnesota was won by Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton . She rejoices because the results in his area are very good for the candidate of his heart.She ? Ilhan Omar. A small woman in frail body and face illuminated by a broad smile . His name you said anything yet, but tomorrow is another matter.

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Arrive 12 years in the US

At 33, Ilhan Omar is the new darling of the Democratic Party of the State of the Midwest. On 9 August, it wins hands, in turn, the primary locally. Better still, it has a history very beautiful. And the United States, all the world loves uplifting stories written in addition to the first person singular.

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Born in 1982 in Somalia , Ilhan Omar was just 8 years old when the civil war throws on the road much of the population . Like other families, that of future activist ends up in a refugee camp in Kenya , where she lives four years before being allowed to emigrate to the United States. At 12, it is in Arlington, Virginia, that she made her first steps within the East African Community survivor of the conflicts that continue to destabilize the Horn of Africa . Two years, the family Omar left Virginia to join Minneapolis and St. Paul, the citiesbinoculars Minnesota which contain the largest Somali community in the Americas.

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District to cut it

All migrants fail to acclimate to the new environment . As the chrysalis that is dying to give birth to the butterfly, Ilhan Omar embrace her new identity: “For the first time, I realized that I was black and Muslim, and my skin color and my hijab distinguished me from rest of the population, and made my Somali refugee identification obvious to all eyes, “ she tells reporters. By helping his grandfather eager to fulfill his duty Civic, the schoolgirl discovered a passion for the “public thing”. It is based activist of the Democratic Party, putting up posters, going door to door, inviting family and friends to register as voters and to exercise their constitutional rights. Raised by his father and grandfather, who passed on their thirst for justice and freedom, the small stateless fulfills an exemplary school career crowned with a degree in science policy. But it is on the field social it stands, working for the most humble. She never forgot where she came from: “When we landed in the United States, I did not speak English. “

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Married with three children, is a candidate for nerves of steel who travels the apartment blocks and social centers to be full of voices. It remains for him to transform the test.Observers agree that the future smiles at the old become small Somali refugee candidate for local Democrats in a caution that seems cut out for it . Demographic composition it is very favorable, bringing together Americans of origin is African and progressive residents related to academic institutions nearby. At a time when the presidential candidate of the United States Donald Trump dons a daily xenophobic and Islamophobic coat, 60B District voters are poised to him inflict a stinging uppercut. The Republican candidate, also Somali, just throw in the towel for personal reasons. On the evening of November 8, Ilhan Omar should become the first black woman of Somali origin, Muslim, elected Minnesota.It would be surprising that it stops there way.

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