A one-time Somalian refugee, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan have become the first Muslim women to get elected to the U.S Congress.
Omar fled to the U.S as a young girl, aged 8 at the time with her parents, at the behest of brute violence in Somalia. She also spent four years in Kenya’s refugee camp.
Tlaib, daughter of Palestinian immigrants was a member of Michigan House of Representatives. She emerged unopposed. Also a strong voice for progressive policies in the U.S, she also supports a $15 minimum wage for Americans.
Tlaib said; “The first thing I think about when somebody says you’re going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment,” Tlaib told CBS. “We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible. And that if you just believe, believe in the possibility of someone like me.”
Omar, said on Tlaib’s announcement; “I cannot wait to serve with you, inshallah,” Omar tweeted.