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  • Our city does not look like what they show on TV of Syria. I remember the first time Fatima and I saw a story about Aleppo on the news. We felt proud.
  • Fatima is twenty-four days, six hours, and eleven minutes older than me. She did the math. Fatima hates math, but loves when she comes out on top.
  • The protests in Syria started getting really bad.
  • Mama forbids me to leave our apartment on the day of the protest.
  • Mama has decided for us to move to America, to live with my Uncle Mazin, Aunt Michelle, and my cousin Sarah. We are going to Ohio. She informs me it is too dangerous, and she is pregnant.
  • We arrive in Cincinnati with my Uncle, Aunt, and my cousin.
  • First day of seventh grade. She finds it difficult to learn English as a second language so she is placed in a classroom with others.
  • She is starred in the school play, Beauty and The Beast. Everyone thought she shouldn't be the lead role but she was!!
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