From Liberia, Armend has been living in China for the past 10 months, sleeping on the living room couch of a kind friend he met after arriving in March, 2016.
Armend’s life was disrupted in mid 2014 when the Ebola outbreak ended the lives of all of his immediate family members. Armend was a sophomore at the University of Monrovia at the time, studying biology and chemistry, and happened to be outside of the capital when the deadly virus struck. With his world shattered, Armend fled to China.
Now registered as a refugee in China by the UNHCR, Armend is unsure of how to begin building his life again. His greatest desire is to get into a college and continue his studies in the sciences, while also seeking asylum in South Korea or another country.