U.S Representative Ilhan Omar’s father, has died from Corona Virus complications today, Monday, June 15th,2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In Statement released to the media on her social media accounts, the congresswoman said,
“It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away today due to complications from COVID-19, No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him.”
“My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time”.
COVD-19 pandemic has so far killed than 116,000 people in the United States alone with more than 2.1 million people having tested positive for the virus.
Her father Nur Omar Mohamed, was 67 years upon his death. He had been in a coma in Hennepin Medical Center for the last eight days. Daily mail reported that her elder sister Sahra flew in from Kenya to be at his side. Her mother died when she was just two years old and Ilhan is the youngest of the 7 children.
Mr. Mohamed Migrated to the United States in 1995, settling in Alexandria Virginia with Sahra and Ilhan before moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The family spent 4 years in Dadaab camp in Kenya as refugees after escaping war in Somalia.
Rep.Ilhan Omar was elected into office during the 2019 midterm elections that saw Democrats retake the majority of the House. She is the first Somali-American U.S Representative, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, and the first woman of color to hold elective office from Minnesota.
She recently published a book, “This Is What America Looks Like”, in which her experience with her dad is captured. The book narrates her own experience growing up as a Muslim woman in the united states.
In some of the excerpts from the book, it says, ‘Although most other kids my age went to clubs, I never went—not because I would be tempted to drink. No, I worried about there being a shooting or a fire and getting stuck or dying inside and my father’s having to live with the fact that I had been in a club.
‘My friends joked that I was more afraid of my father than I was afraid of God. ”God is forgiving,” I would say. ‘My father isn’t.’
May her Dads Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
Rep. Ilhan recently had an interview with Kenyan Report. You can find the full interview below.