Eyerusalem Weldgebriel: From Refugee Camp to the United States


After completing her work in Mr. Nelson’s Compass class, Eyerusalem practices spelling English words using letter chips.

Reagan Morse, Staff Writer

“I was fifteen years old when I came to the United States. I am from the small African country of Eritrea but was sent to a refugee camp in the neighboring country of Ethiopia after crossing the border and being unable to go back. The refugee camp was the worst experience of my life, and I cried for weeks being away from my mother, sister, and two younger brothers. I took the opportunity to come to the United States knowing it would be hard, but better than my life in the camp. I didn’t know any English and everything was so different from my old life. I am seventeen years old now, and I still struggle with adjusting to another culture. There have been times I wanted to give up but my struggles make me stronger. I am grateful for them.”