Immigrants Find Education, Hope at Kansas City East High School

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Of course it would take monstrous forces to drive families from their homelands.

These are some of the things immigrant students in Kansas City’s East High School have seen: A hoodlum’s gun in Juarez, Mexico, aimed in the face of 14-year-old Pamela Martinez’s pregnant mother.

Unremitting civil war in Somalia that chased 17-year-old Fardowsa Mursal into a Kenyan refugee camp for the first 14 years of her life.

Suffocating poverty in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that 16-year-old Steeve Henrius’ father was working to escape long before the earthquake that maimed Steeve’s brother.

Assassins’ bullets in Baghdad, Iraq, that missed 20-year-old Omar Mohammed but killed his friend as they ran.

Of the 1,031 students finishing the school year at East, 582 are immigrant students learning English.


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