“My name is Pearl Zihle ; I am 21 years old and I am from South Africa. Currently, I am  studying Criminology at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.  I unwillingly had to take a gap year from my studies after being diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder six years ago, called Familial Mediterranean Fever. This disorder causes my internal organs to become inflamed, and in turn decreases my quality of life, it stops her from eating many foods and causes me constant internal pain. Although, I am faced with such an illness ;I try to remain strong and not let my disorder keep me from enjoying my life. The woman that inspires me the most is my great grandmother, Violet, who was the first black social worker during the Apartheid era in South Africa. My great grandmother was a qualified social worker who had a heart for kids; she then started a pension for the locals in Spring, South Africa, to raise money for children who had lost their parents due to the protests during Apartheid. I hope to follow in my great grandmother’s footsteps and work with under-privileged children to give them a better quality of life as my way of giving back to the world.”

Pearl Zihle,


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