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Eastern alumna returns to Africa

Easterner Online, Cheney, Washington

When she was just four years old, Hawa Hussein and her family were forced to flee Somalia as political refugees.

For the next few years, they lived in refugee camps in Kenya. In 1998, just after her ninth birthday, Hussein and her family left Africa to make a new home in the United States, a place that seemed a world away.

Sixteen years later, she will be leaving her home again — this time to return to Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer.

On March 3, Hussein will be flying to Philadelphia, Pa., for staging and will arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 6.

Her final destination is Malawi, where she will be a community development adviser for HIV and AIDS.

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