This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue with the headline “Stolen Youth.” Twenty years ago a young orphan from Zambia named Given Kachepa boarded a plane at London Heathrow bound for Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport. This was the final leg of a trip to America for Kachepa and a group of eleven other Zambian boys, all members of a touring choir organized by Keith Grimes, a Texan missionary. Kachepa had dressed in his nicest clothes—a royal blue shirt and khaki pants—but did not have any baggage in the hold of the plane or in the overhead bin, as the organizers had instructed the boys to leave all their belongings behind. For weeks leading up to their departure, Kachepa and the other boys spoke of nothing else, gushing to anyone who would listen about their upcoming journey and what they imagined life in faraway America would be like. They wondered about the plane: would it take them high above the ocean, or would it almost touch the water while in flight? Some of them carried around a photo of a British Airways plane to show everyone they met. When at last the day came, they flew south from Lusaka, the Zambian… Read full this story
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