Pleasure Jerue

From: Toulépleu, Côte d’Ivoire  Current City: Fargo, ND
"It’s actually helpful now that I know it’s okay to be who you are, to speak a different language, to come from somewhere else, and you don’t have to be embarrassed about it, which makes me really happy."
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Although transitioning to life in the United States was a struggle, Pleasure Jerue uses the skills she’s gained to help new immigrants settle in.

Pleasure was born in the village of Duble in Cote d’Ivoire, also known as the Ivory Coast. She lived there with her parents and older siblings until a war broke out, and her family decided to flee the country. Pleasure moved to a refugee camp in neighboring Liberia. At the camp, her father began the process to be resettled in the United States.

Pleasure arrived in the United States when she was only a year old. Unfortunately, due to complications, her mother wasn’t able to come with her. Pleasure spent the next several years living with her aunt in Minnesota. When Pleasure was finally reunited with her parents, she didn’t recognize them and had to readjust to living as a family. 

After moving around the Midwest, Pleasure ultimately settled in Fargo, North Dakota to be with other relatives. Although she was mocked for looking different and speaking with an accent, she learned to see the value in her differences and has grown more comfortable in her new home. In the future, Pleasure hopes to become a mechanical engineer. She has always been fascinated by technology, and she admires the engineering work her father does.

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