Maine teacher and Sudanese refugee has an amazing, emotional moment on Ellen

There were plenty of tears on The Ellen Show on Thursday, as Mainer Ekhlas Ahmed shared her story of fleeing the genocide in Sudan with her family at the age of 12, arriving in the United States and watching Ellen DeGeneres’ program every day after school to help teach herself English.

Ahmed, now an English teacher at Casco Bay High School and also a graduate student, welled over with emotion when she was first introduced on the program and again when she learned Ellen would be paying off her student loans.

Ahmed’s personal story and public activism were explored in an Maine Public Radio/Bangor Daily News profile that ran last year.

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