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Assia and her family have come to America from Somalia to escape a civil war. Once in America, Assia feels lonely and out of place. Several experiences cause Assia to discover that misunderstandings lead people to make assumptions about one another that may not be true. This, in turn, leads to conflict. Assia realizes that she can make a choice to try and understand people better, which helps to resolve some of the conflicts that she and others face.