Akberet Tewelde

From: Senafe, Eritrea  Current City: Fargo, ND
"At first, I was so confused about the time difference. What time was morning and what time was night? I had no idea."
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For Akberet Tewelde, pursuing a better life meant giving up many things, especially her family. 

Akberet was born in Eritrea and grew up there with her parents and four siblings. In Eritrea, Akberet liked to play soccer with her friends, eat injera bread, and enjoy the warm weather. As she got older, her brothers left Eritrea and moved to Ethiopia to find better work opportunities. Two years later, Akberet followed suit and left her parents behind in Eritrea.

Unfortunately for Akberet, by the time she arrived in Ethiopia, her brothers had already moved to Israel. She ended up staying in the Ayni refugee camp where she waited for one of her brothers to join her. While she was staying in the camp, Akberet began the process to be resettled in the United States.

Once Akberet completed the screening process, she came to the United States as an unaccompanied minor. When she arrived in Fargo, Akberet was met by her foster family, case manager, and interpreter. They helped Akberet navigate her first few weeks living in a strange land. Currently Akberet is a student at Fargo South High School. After high school, she plans to attend college and return to her home country so she can help people living there.

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