Ilhan Omar's father dies from Covid-19
Rep. Ilhan Omar's father died of the effects of the corona virus, the Minnesota congresswoman said on Monday evening.
"I share with great sadness and pain that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, has died due to complications from COVID-19," said Omar in a statement. "No words can describe what he meant to me and everyone who knew him."
According to The Guardian and The New York Times, Omar was raised by her father and grandfather after her mother died as a child. She and her father came to Somalia as refugees from Somalia during the Civil War in 1995 and eventually settled in Minneapolis.
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Omar spoke of her father's encouragement when she expressed her disappointment at the inequalities and bullying she experienced when she first came to the country. Omar, along with Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, was elected one of the first two Muslim congress women in 2018 and was the first to wear a hijab on the floor of the house.
Omar has since established itself as an advanced trademark. When the coronavirus pandemic plunged the economy into a crisis, Omar suggested that rent and mortgage payments be canceled during the pandemic.
US coronavirus deaths have exceeded 116,000.
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