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Aisha: 'Happy to Go to America'

"I am going to America," she said last week, dressed in vibrant pink for her last day in the country.

With a suitcase containing her most precious things -- her prayer rug, a pair of sparkly new shoes and brightly colored new clothes -- Aisha, 18, kissed, hugged and bid farewell to the women of the shelter.

She said Zubaida Hasan, a young woman also at the shelter, had told her the Grossman Burns Center was a good place to go. Seven years ago, Hasan made the same journey to California after she was horribly disfigured by scorching oil at the age of 9.

"When I first went, it was hard for me, too," Hasan said. "I was scared and then I made some friends over there. They are good people and there are Afghans too living there."

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