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Apartment is sparsely furnished

July 8, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Ahmed Abdallah talks to his sister-in-law on the phone at his apartment in St. Louis. The living room is sparse except for a few decorative curtains, a carpet and two folding chairs. Abdalla shares the apartment with his older half-brother and often has other family members visit as well.

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