US Representative Ilhan Omar's father dies due to coronavirus
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Father of Somalia-born US Representative Ilhan Omar died on Monday night of complications
from the novel coronavirus, local media reported.
"It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my
father," the Minnesota congresswoman tweeted late on Monday. "No
words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 16, 2020
Surely we belong to God and to him shall we return.
It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father, Nur Omar Mohamed. No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him. pic.twitter.com/gb7q0gMXG2
Omar and her father Nur Mohamed came to the United States as
refugees in 1995 from Somalia during the country's civil war and
eventually settled in Minneapolis, according to Politico.
Omar was elected along with Michigan Representative Rashida
Tlaiin in November 2018 making them among the first two Muslim
women to serve in the U.S. Congress.
The Minnesota representative did not respond to Reuters
request for a comment.