Getting together over breakfast

The morning before the November 28 assaults on Israelis in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, I sat with a stranger in Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue, Boston. He was a swarthy, undemonstrative man, making do with a bagel and coffee.

After some minutes, I used the winter weather as an excuse to break the ice, and we found ourselves talking freely about Thanksgiving in a time of great turmoil, especially in his home country of Ethiopia.

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