From Dadaab refugee camp to Harvard University

Fatah Adan with his mother, Habibo Osman, and father, Abdi Adan Hussein. [Lane Turner / Boston Globe]

Fatah Adan with his mother, Habibo Osman, and father, Abdi Adan Hussein. [Lane Turner / Boston Globe]

An 18-year-old Somali student who came from a refugee camp in Kenya has been accepted to Harvard University, one of the world’s most prestigious schools.

Fatah Adan’s parents fled the civil war in Somalia in 1992. They were then resettled in Boston after living in the camp for six years, The Boston Globe reports.

Fatah credits his parents for striving to nurture his success.

“They did everything they could to come to America,” Fatah told the Globe. “I have that want to give back to them. That’s what’s driven me all throughout middle school, high school. That’s what’s going to continue to drive me.”

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Farah told the Globe he saw his parents go through a lot of struggle, which inspired him to work hard in his education.

“I saw my mom with post-traumatic stress disorder, I saw her sick, and I saw my parents trying to get adjusted to a new country,” Fatah said.

He graduated at the top of his class, became this year’s valedictorian and won a lot of debate competitions in high school.

“There’s a kind of reverence that he has toward his mother and his father that I think is unique among teenagers in America of any generation,” said Ravi Singh, Fatah’s debate coach at New Mission High School in Boston.

“They’re people who have endured quite a bit, and they have managed to do so with a great degree of grace,” Singh said.

Click here to read the full story at the Boston Globe.

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