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there is no war in the United States.

By Edde Kebbe Thomas  |   From : Kansas City, MO, USA  |   School : East High School

I moved to Addis Ababa on February 2, 2016 from the war torn South Sudan. On March 1, 2016 I left Ethiopia. Before I left, I did many things.  First I said goodbye to my friends.  Also I said goodbye to my grandpa and my grandma. I gave them my picture.  They had a big party for me. When I left my country, I felt sad  because of the situation in South Sudan. I also felt better because there is no war in the United States.

It took three days to get to America. I went from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Germany, then to chicago, and finally to Kansas City. During my journey to America, I felt sad because I left my friends.  I thought I will never see them again.

Before I came to America, I had many expectations.  First, I thought I will become rich. Second, I thought money was everywhere. Third, I thought everything was free. At end of my first day in America I felt happy because I saw  many things  I didn’t  know.

I go to East High School. School in Kansas City is different than school in my country. First, in my country, we don’t  have school buses. Also we don’t have laptops for students in school. Second, the students just stay in one class. Teachers move every hour from one class to the other. Third, here at East High School, we have good food. We eat breakfast and lunch in school. In my country, we just ate only one time at home. When I was in my country, I had many absences. I like East High School.

Today, my life is better than before. When I was in Ethiopia, I was hungry all the time. There was no food. I am happy now that I am here. Today, I feel happy about moving to America. When I left Ethiopia, some people said I will never come back again.

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