Sesuna & Tekle
Sesuna and her husband Tekle fled Eritrea in 2009 to escape the harsh life of indefinite mandatory military service, often described as national forced labor.
They went to nearby Sudan, where they applied for the opportunity to be resettled in the U.S. and spent 7 years working odd jobs, waiting for the chance to lead a full life.
Now after just 2 years in Chicago, Sesuna and Tekle have successfully built a life they could only dream of when they fled Eritrea. They’ve also welcomed a baby girl who will grow up only knowing the opportunities life here has to offer – something they’ll never take for granted. (Read about their achievements here.)
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