Omar escaped Somalia’s brutal civil war as a child and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to the United States. She has worked as a political activist in Minnesota, and with a nonprofit aimed at promoting civic engagement among East African women. Refinery29 featured Omar’s moving story as part of our Behind The Headlines series earlier this year. You can watch that piece below:
The First Somali-American Woman Elected To Office Was Harassed In D.C.
She did not provide information about the driver. Her campaign staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.