Woman who spent 7 years in refugee camp graduates with a master's degree, shares her inspiring story

ByVrinda Jain
May 11, 2023 08:32 PM IST

Hamdia Ahmed has lived in a refugee camp for seven years. This inspired her to advocate for the forgotten people.

Hamdia Ahmed, a 24-year-old graduate with a master's degree in public policy, has inspired netizens with her story. Ahmed shared how she lived in a refugee camp for the first seven years of her life. The injustice she faced as a little girl motivated her to "change the world and advocate for forgotten people." Recently, she shared her story on Twitter, and her tweet has grabbed the attention of many.

Woman shared her graduation story. (Unsplash)
Woman shared her graduation story. (Unsplash)

"24 years ago, my mother gave birth to me while escaping from a civil war. I lived in a refugee camp for the first seven years of my life. My parents came to the USA with $0. They have sacrificed so much for my siblings and I. Today, I graduated with my master's degree." She further added, "Guys, it was everyday people who helped me pay for my school tuition. I would have never made it without those who invested in my education. I worked hard and hopefully made you all proud. I am also grateful for the United Nations, The State Department, and everyone else who allowed my family and me to move to this country. Thank you."

In the same tweet, she also said, "Everything that I do is to make my parents proud. My dad worked as a delivery man using a wheelbarrow. This is how he was able to feed us when we lived in the camp. My mom has faced so many challenges throughout her life, but she is so resilient."

Take a look at her posts below:

This tweet were shared just a few days ago. Since being posted, the primary tweet has been liked over 8,000 times. Many have even shared comments on the post.

Check out a few reactions below:

An individual wrote, "The photo of you and your mother is so beautiful. Congratulations on your outstanding achievement, and best of luck to you in law school!" A second added, "Dreams are valid so longer you work hard, and fight what you believe in. Congratulations on the well-deserved achievement." A third expressed, "Congratulations on earning your master's degree. Use this accomplishment to inspire and help others."

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