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Refugees look back on their journey from East Africa to UNT

Denton, Texas — Tiblets Abreha, looking at the University of North Texas Spring Semester schedule, knows that taking biology, history, and math is not the norm.

“Going to college was like’I did it,'” Abreha said.

Abreha was only 11 years old when he and his parents left the poor East African village of Eritrea to evacuate to Ethiopia. A 21-year-old girl says that young girls in her country get married at a very young age and are not educated. Abreha wanted to change his life and chased other friends doing the same.

“You know you’re leaving, but you can’t even tell them because they don’t send you. So it was very difficult because you just leave them behind.” Said Abreha.

After a dangerous walk trek to Ethiopia, Abreha spent three years in a refugee camp until he was given a new life opportunity in Lone Star. When she moved to Dallas, Texas in 2015, Abreha enrolled in middle school without knowing English.

Abreha’s foster parents live in Grapevine and are a major part of her success in North Texas. (Tiblets Abreha)

However, Abreha decided to succeed in her new home. After graduating from three upbringing families and subsequent high school, Abreha is now a member of UNT. Her current foster parents in Grapevine helped Abreha reach her potential.

Since joining UNT in the fall of 2021, Abreha has won the position of the University Athletics Team and has been elected Vice President of UNT’s PUSH Program. UNT PUSH, or Persevere until Success Happens, was founded to help foster parents and homeless students adapt to college life.

Taylor Torres is the coordinator of a special project for the program for almost 10 years. She works with Abreha and states that this type of resource is essential for some students.

Tiblets Abreha has been elected Vice President of UNT PUSH. The campus program assists other students who are using the foster parent system or who have dealt with the homeless. (Tiblets Abreha)

“We not only provide financial resources to students, but also provide social support and support for students to enter and graduate from college,” Torres said.

Torres says there are nearly 300 UNT students like Abreha who can qualify for help.

“They have help. It’s okay to ask for help, and they can do that,” Torres emphasized.

It helps that Abreha is trying to take him to another student like himself. Regardless of her career path, UNT students say she is determined to be a voice of help and encouragement for other refugees returning here and in East Africa.

Looking back on his life, Abreha says that the most important thing given was “hope.” Now that she is pursuing higher education, she wants to do the same for others.

Refugees look back on their journey from East Africa to UNT

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