In 2000, Taye Gonfa was a medical student in Ethiopia. However, he joined hundreds of other students in a massive protest against the government that erupted in the capital city of Addis Ababa, and spread throughout the country. Gonfa and some of the other students fled to Kenya and he settled in a refugee camp. He stayed at the refugee camp for 8 years. He moved to the United States in 2008. He was eventually able to continue his education. He graduated with a bachelor's of science degree from UNCG in just two and a half years, and was later accepted into the medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He did his residency at Moses Cone and is now a full-time job as a family practice physician at the same institution.