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Refugee From African Country, Now Calls Abilene Home

Published On: Mar 25 2012 05:12:30 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 25 2012 05:47:42 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Africa has some of the poorest countries in the world.

With extreme droughts and extreme poverty, life is an everyday struggle.

Burundi is among the 5 poorest countries in the world and sits between Congo and Tanzania.

During the 90's a civil war broke out and many people were killed.

Sibomana Alexis and his family including six sisters and two brothers fled the country to Tanzania, there they took shelter at a refugee camp.

Alexis said, "1997, people moved from Burnundi to Tanaznia, so I was in refugee camp, life was hard, it was hard."

Sibomana and thousands of others had very little food, hardly no medical care and were not allowed to leave the camp.

After 12 years in the camp, Sibomana and his family were able to come to the U.S.

The International Rescue Committee assisted Sibomana in finding a home in Abilene.

Sibomana didn't speak a word of english at the time.

"Couple of weeks I couldn't speak to nobody cause if I said anything, they would laugh at me." He continued, "I spent all my time reading my dictionary, so I could improve my language."

Sibomana is now 25-years-old and has been studying at Cisco College for two years.

His dream is to become a doctor, so that one day he can go back to Africa and help others.