Mission of the Month- English Learning Center

Life in a refugee camp is hard. It is marked by waiting and wondering, by deprivation and lack of information. Refugees are stuck in a place where it is easy to lose hope. But when they arrive at our classroom doors, there is a new energy I see expressed in our students each day. To illustrate, I’d like to share with you about Ibrahim.

“I could not go anywhere. No movement…My life was a box. I lived 23 years there.”

This is how Ibrahim describes living in a refugee camp in Kenya from age 9 to 32, after fleeing violence and civil war in his home country of Somalia. He was not free to travel or even leave the camp, and he had no idea when or if he’d be chosen for resettlement in another country. Then, in 2014, Ibrahim received word that his long wait was over. He was on his way to the United States!

Ibrahim regards coming to the United States as his happiest moment. He remembers a man from resettlement services greeting him by name. “I didn’t know anything when I arrived.  He showed me my apartment and told me to eat chicken.” After just ten short days in Atlanta, however, Ibrahim decided to move to Minnesota. Many people had told him this was a good place with better opportunities for work.

The transition to life in Minnesota was slightly eased…

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