Ex-refugee at Dadaab Ilhan Omar to run for US Congress seat

Ilhan Omar gives an acceptance speech on election night in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 8, 2016. Omar, a former refugee from Somalia, is the first Somali-American Muslim woman to hold public office in America. PHOTO | STEPHEN MATUREN | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Ms Omar’s family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war.

  • She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US.

A former refugee at Dadaab camp has announced that she is running for a seat in the United States Congress.

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