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Somali refugee gives back to Syracuse refugee community

As he walks around North Side Learning Center, Hussein Yerow, a former refugee, is stopped several times.

“Hussein, where are my pencils?” a volunteer asks.

“Hussein, remember to wait for me!” his little brother yells.

Yerow and seven of his family members are part of the nearly 1,100 Somali refugees who have arrived in Syracuse between 2001 and 2011. Yerow's parents and brother, Muhammed, were forced to flee from Somalia in 1992 during the civil war. They walked to Kenya, eventually settling in Dadaab, one of the largest refugee camps in the world, which houses nearly 244,000 displaced people. Hussein and four of his brothers were born there.