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In the winter of 2008 Lisa traveled to South Africa. While
there she met a 16-year-old Zimbabwean refugee. When
he turned 18, he aged out of eligibility for support in
South Africa. He lost his refugee status, had to put his
education on hold and had to return to Zimbabwe. It was
a really dangerous trip for him to make, so they decided
to have a passcode when they spoke to make sure he
was safe. They used a simple system: their favorite
animals — Lisa’s is the monkey, his is the elephant.
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