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Young Pen Pals From Two Continents Meet
March 1, 2006

SEAL, ENGLAND & FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE--Two long-distance friends, who have been corresponding in Braille for the last three years, have finally met.

Fifteen-year-old Kyle Jones, who attends Dorton House School in Seal, traveled recently to Freetown, Sierra Leone, in Africa to meet Ibrahim Conti.

The pen pals, both of whom have vision-related disabilities, said they quickly became close friends.

"My pen pal Ibrahim and I bonded instantly and got on really well," Kyle wrote in a letter published in Tuesday's CBBC Newsround.

"We read Braille together, explored the area together and didn't stop talking!"

Kyle and two fellow students from his school stayed for two weeks, talking to their hosts about the way children with disabilities are educated in the United Kingdom.

They also learned about the generosity and culture of the African people.

"Being in Sierra Leone has been the best education for me. It's changed the way I look at the world," Kyle wrote.

"I met my blind pen pal in Africa" (BBC Newsround)
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"Pen friends meet in Sierra Leone" (BBC News)


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