(KANSAS CITY STAR) — 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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