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Ilhan Omar and the battle of the Somali translators

31 January 2024

2:40 AM

31 January 2024

2:40 AM

Who knew there were so many fluent Somali speakers in Washington?

Talking to a crowd of Somali émigrés in Minneapolis over the weekend, progressive representative Ilhan Omar dived into African politics in her mother tongue, lambasting Somaliland, an unrecognized state that declared independence from Somalia in 1991, as well as regional actors that she claims are infringing on Somali sovereignty.

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