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Maria Goreth Nihoreho is originally from the northwestern part of Burundi. Following the 1972 genocide, Goreth fled her country and lived in refugee camps in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Tanzania for the next 43 years. She was resettled in Tucson in 2015. When she was in Burundi, she studied in an art school for three years and learned to make various kinds of traditional arts and crafts. In Tucson, she teaches her crafting skills to other women who came to Tucson as refugees. She believes it is important to teach young people these skills that connect them to the land from where they came.