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Ilhan Omar Checks out Ghana on a ‘Back to Africa’ tour

By:LISA VIVES
Global Information Network

Chants of “Send her back!” seemed to have little impact on the firm-footed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the four young women of color in the crosshairs of the embattled U.S. president.

It may have been his chant but it was her idea to join the Congressional Black Caucus and visit Ghana on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia.

Congresswoman Omar even snapped some photos of herself with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  stepping through the “Door of Return” – a pan-African initiative in support of the U.N. International Decade for People of African Descent whose  goal was to launch a new era of cooperation between Africa and the Diaspora in the 21st century.

“They said ‘send her back,’ Omar wrote in her Instagram and Twitter posts, “but Speaker [Pelosi] didn’t just make arrangement to send me back, she went back with me!”

The CBC delegation includes the distinguished Majority Whip James Clyburn, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Karen Bass, Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Congresswoman Barbara Lee and icon of the Congress, John Lewis.

Chairwoman Bass said:  “400 years ago this year, our ancestors were first brought to this continent in chains.  On this delegation, 12 Members of the Congressional Black Caucus will return to the African continent as Members of the United States Congress.

“We have come so far but we still have so far to go. Among the history being made this trip, I am very much also looking forward to witnessing the first woman Speaker of the United States House of Representatives address the Ghanaian parliament.  I thank Speaker Pelosi for leading this important trip and for joining us in sending a signal of mutual respect and partnership to Ghana and the continent of Africa as a whole.”

Speaker Pelosi will also be leading a Congressional delegation to U.S. Army Africa headquarters at a time of concern about the spiraling rise of military operations on the continent. The number of U.S. military personnel on the continent has jumped 170 percent, from 2,600 to 7,000.

Military missions – activities, programs and exercises – have risen 1,900, and the number of commandos has grown exponentially, along with the size and scope of AFRICOM’s constellation of bases.

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