Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Selamawi Asgedom
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Author's Note - Coming to America

• In the Author's note, Asgedom writes that since the author came to the United States, he became known by the name Mawi Asgedom.

• However, his true name was Selamawi Haileab Asgedom, which in his native language, means "peaceful power from above to make others kneel before him."

• Asgedom originally came from Eritrea and Ethiopia, which had fought a civil war until 1991; Eritrea became an independent nation in 1993.

• In "Memories," the author remembered the desert and the hyenas, but not much more than that.

• When he was young, Mawi traveled with his mother, his 5-year-old brother, and his baby sister; he was three years old himself.

• They were trying to make it to Sudan where they would meet up with his father; upon arriving in Awad, they found the city packed with others who were refugees.

• In "The Camp," after reuniting with his...

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