Still a Long Way from Home

In a dark room off a dirt lot, a child leafs through the laminated pages of a picture album. There's jade green grass and a white paneled house and a little blond girl smiling. There's a big minivan and a bigger play set. There's a countertop completely covered with food. "This is a very nice place," Emmanuel Williams, 10, says in a quiet voice. "I would like to go to this place."

From the point of view of an orphan in Liberia, suburban America looks like paradise. But for Emmanuel, it is a paradise beyond reach; at his...

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