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When Lisa set out to rescue Mark, the child slave Oprah saw in The New York Times, she discovered that someone had beat her to it. Who stepped up to save this little boy? A mother of four from Missouri!

During a weekend trip to New York City, Pam and her husband Randy came across the same article that haunted Oprah for months. Pam says that as she read about Mark, she began weeping. "My heart was on the floor," she says. "That article was just so powerful. [My husband and I] both looked at each other and we were like, 'We've got to do something.'"

As soon as she got home, Pam e-mailed the New York Times reporter who wrote the article, Sharon LaFraniere. Two weeks later, she had the name of a man in Ghana who could help. George, a district school official from that region, told Pam that he could rescue Mark, but the child would need a place to live.

Pam's brother-in-law helped her contact the Village of Hope, an orphanage in Ghana. They agreed to take in Mark, as well as six other child slaves. With the help of family and friends, Pam raised enough money to rescue seven fishing children—Mark and six others.
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FROM: A Special Report: The Little Boy Oprah Couldn't Forget
Published on February 09, 2007

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