Abdullah grew up in Jimma, the largest city in south-western Ethiopia. Being one of seven children meant for Abdullah that his schooling ended at just 14.
Still a young teenager, Abdullah travelled to a town near Ethiopia’s border with Sudan. He lived there for two years working in mineral mines. No longer able to endure the harsh conditions, he found another job as a warehouse guard. He was still barely making enough to survive, let alone send back to his parents in Jimma.