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From a Refugee Facing Hunger – To a Student Learning To Fight It

Posted by | July 27, 2015

Cedric Habiyaremye, 29, has big dreams. As a graduate student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, he’s researching crops that will help improve nutrition and make farming systems more sustainable. There’s a reason he’s making this his life’s work, and it all began two decades ago when he was a young boy in Rwanda.

Graduate students Gina Nichols and Cedric Habiyaremye examine stripe rust in wheat at WSU's Spillman Agronomy Farm outside Pullman.
Graduate students Gina Nichols and Cedric Habiyaremye examine stripe rust in wheat at WSU’s Spillman Agronomy Farm outside Pullman.

Cedric was eight years old and about to enter second grade when the genocide in Rwanda began in 1994, forcing his family to flee home. He headed for a refugee camp in Tanzania with his mother and older brother. They were separated from his father, but they met up with him three weeks later. Over the next three years, his family lived in three different camps in Tanzania.

Read more about Cedric and his fight against hunger around the world on the World Food Programme’s website.