Ruta Shibeshi

Eritrean American Staff Sgt. Ruta Shibeshi an Airman in the United States Air Force

“We left for fear that we might become casualties of the war,” said Shibeshi, who’s home unit is the 313th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.. “My mother and I traveled during the night and slept during the days. It was extremely dangerous crossing the border from Eritrea. Once we reached Sudan, we joined a refugee camp with fellow Africans who also escaped the war. We lived in Sudan as residents of the camp for almost five years. While we were there, my mother gave birth to my younger sister.”