African refugees build community in Columbia

Sunday, June 7, 2009 | 12:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — It’s a Friday evening, but school isn’t over for Niyonzima Etienne. The 18-year-old simply shifts from his role as student — a junior at Rock Bridge High School — to teacher. Etienne holds regular English classes in his living room for other refugees from his family’s native Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world.