Our Stories: Getaante, Scholar (2018)

Getaante is a young dissident who fled Ethiopia who initially attracted the attention of the authorities when he wrote a poem calling for peace — and then was imprisoned and tortured for nine days after participating in political protest. After fleeing by himself to the United States and requesting political asylum, he maintained a 3.76 GPA while working up to 30 hours a week as a waiter at Buca di Beppo. He will study Biomedical Engineering as the 2018 Katherine S. Alexander scholar at the University of the District of Columbia.