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Birhan is more than a miracle. She's now 23 years old and in college.

"Look at me," Birhan says. "I look very beautiful and very healthy. I'm very strong, and I'm very proud that all the hardship is past already."

Brian now sponsors Birhan and her siblings' education. Birhan says she looks at Brian as her second father.

"This is one child that I didn't want to turn my back on, because she represented, I think, a kind of hope for Ethiopia and also her personal story," Brian says. "So I was tormented for years and then went back to try and find her four years later."
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FROM: Children Who Shook the World and Oprah's Book Club
Published on December 02, 2004

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