The Mothers knew what they needed: a high school for our girls.
It’s an impossible request. The mothers making it barely subsist in the Eritrean refugee camps in the Eastern Sudan. It is a hostile, barren environment, devoid of water, food, even basic sanitation.
Zebiba Shekhia and the Eritrean people had endured so much up to this point: the brutality and genocide perpetrated on Eritrea by Haile Selassie and then the notorious dictator, Mengistu; the hardship of fleeing her own country under cover of night as the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea raged overhead.
She made it to America, but would the same determination to find a better life hold her through the darkest moments of her life?
Would she be able to keep her promise and find a way to get that high school for girls built?
Be inspired by Zebiba’s tenacity as she found a way to help the mothers and daughters of her homeland find a better life through education. “Building the Impossible” tells the triumphant story of her journey to confront the past in order to create a better future for thousands of children.
Zebiba Shekhia is the founder of Healing Bridges. She continues her work, in spite of ongoing health issues, to help the women and children in Eritrean refugee camps in Eastern Sudan. Zebiba lives in Los Angeles.