Fled Ethiopia in 2001 after being attacked and tortured by police due to involvement with student democratic movement. Later settled in Canada, completing a Bachelor’s degree and writing a research paper on the challenges facing immigrant teachers in Canada. Prepared a PhD research proposal on use of immigrant maths experts to plug gaps in STEM teachers in UK. Offered self-funded places at three universities – joined York in 2007. Worked to self-support – lost job and wife – considering giving up after long struggle.