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Former Afghan refugee awarded $50K scholarship at University of Guelph

Nasrin Husseini grew up in Iran, escaped the Taliban and was the first woman to graduate from vet school in Afghanistan after Taliban rule. She came to Canada as a refugee and has now made her way to the University of Guelph.

Nasrin Husseini aims to be able to help transform the global food industry

Nasrin Husseini grew up in Iran, escaped the Taliban and was the first woman to graduate from vet school in Afghanistan after Taliban rule. She came to Canada as a refugee and has now made her way to the University of Guelph. (University of Guelph)

Becoming a veterinarian was always in the back of Nasrin Husseini's mind. She grew up in Iran as a refugee from Afghanistan and once her family was allowed to go back, she became the first woman to graduate from veterinary medicine after Taliban rule.

Her path has lead her to the University of Guelph as she is one of five people to received the inaugural Arrell Food Institute scholarship, worth $50,000, and hopes to help transform the global food industry with her research.

"I think I'm in the right field because I always wanted to help somehow the society," She told CBC's The Morning Edition host, Craig Norris.

"Research and providing healthier food, I think it's a great thing to do and that's the best way that I can help this beautiful country that in the hardest moments of my life supported me."

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