Transformed by My Three "Sons"

She never wanted kids. She even wrote an incendiary book about being childless by choice. But when three impoverished African teens wanted to go to college, she discovered she was a Mama Bear after all

By Elinor Burkett
The author with the three young Zimbabweans she helped attend college in the U.S. From left: Goodwell, Energy and Honest.
Photograph: Colby Katz

Elinor Burkett has reported from and/or taught in Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and elsewhere. She won a Documentary (Short Subject) Oscar for Music by Prudence, which was also about the band Liyana.

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Originally published in the March 2013 issue

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