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The Lions and The Intelligent People

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They sit on thin straw mats covering the cement floor, two circles of young Darfuri refugee women wrapped in long, colorful headscarves, huddled together conspiratorially. One group—calling themselves “The Lions”—are careful to lower their voices so the group across the mat—the self-styled ”Intelligent People”—won’t overhear their strategizing. They are two teams of Little Ripples preschool teachers, locked in a tight race on the last day of their mindfulness training in refugee camp Goz Amer. The team that can best demonstrate their skill at teaching what they’ve learned this week will win. Yasmine (Joslyn Hitter) and I, Tahani, pretend to be the children they’re teaching.