Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, the anti-Semite Congresswoman, wants to inspire Muslim refugee women to become members of Congress.
Tweeting a story from the Washington Post about how she inspires refugee girls Omar said what she wanted to achieve.
“From a refugee camp to the halls of Congress, stories like this one give me hope for the world,” she said.
“’I would like to meet Ilhan in person one day,’ said Hoth’s friend, Amina Yussuf. ‘She is my role model,’” she said.
From a refugee camp to the halls of Congress, stories like this one give me hope for the world 🙏🏽
“I would like to meet Ilhan in person one day,” said Hoth’s friend, Amina Yussuf. “She is my role model.”https://t.co/p8mrrosGse
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 10, 2019
It is not enough for Omar that she has brought antisemitism into Congress, she wants to bring some friends with her, as The Post reported.
“In this part of the world we love her,” said Nyamouch Hoth, a 21-year-old South Sudanese woman. Hoth sat in an empty classroom with a friend, seeking shade from the 100-plus degree heat. On a piece of white printer paper, she sketched a portrait of Omar.
Hoth has spent the last four years in Dadaab and is one of the small number of non-Somalis there. Her uncle once sponsored her to go to an art school in Kenya, but he was killed in South Sudan’s civil war, and her money dried up. Her mother had decided to flee South Sudan, and the two of them landed in Dadaab.
“I would like to meet Ilhan in person one day,” said Hoth’s friend, Amina Yussuf. “She is my role model.”
Yussuf dreams about following Omar’s path but knows it’s likely out of reach for now, given the tightening restrictions on resettlement in the United States these days. She doesn’t want to go back to Somalia, even though the U.N. is offering money for those who voluntarily return. She believes her family will force her to marry someone against her will. In Dadaab at least, she can attend school and hang out with friends. Behind the walls of a nongovernmental organization’s compound, Yussuf and her friends sometimes get to play basketball.
Life in the camp is monotonous though, and making ends meet has become tougher in recent years. Drops in aid funding have led to increased food prices, and Kenyan authorities periodically threaten to shut down the entire camp, making for a precarious existence. Since militants from the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab attacked a hotel in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in January, rumors of a crackdown have put everyone on edge.
Under the Trump administration, the U.S. military has increased its unmanned drone strikes in Somalia threefold. Hundreds of militants have been killed. Human rights groups say civilians are also being killed, though it is hard to find out how many because so much of Somalia is inaccessible amid the fighting. The capital, Mogadishu, is attacked on a near-daily basis by al-Shabab.
“Here, we eat once a day since food rations were reduced. If you are lucky, you might have two meals,” said Saadia Matan, a senior in high school in Dadaab. Her class has 86 students. Her favorite subject is biology, but there’s only one book for everyone to share.
Ilhan we take you into our country and provide you with the benefits of freedom yet you hate this country and everything that it stands for. I would shed no tears if you were to go back to Somalia and try to change that country. Shape up or ship out.
— Whiskey (@Burbon50750314) March 10, 2019
You mean America? Which has given you the opportunity, don’t forget that.
— Jeff R. (@JeffRic34636901) March 10, 2019
Role model…now that’s a real stretch of the imagination.
— Moose4798 (@Moose4798) March 10, 2019
Yeah, but she’s going to be a one term congresswoman if she doesnt broaden her horizon
— Edwin Oduyela (@OdusEdwin) March 10, 2019
Marriage to your brother can open so many doors, who knew?
— TJmace (@themace1231) March 10, 2019
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