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Miami Beach woman writes book about a Kenyan freedom fighter

When Laura Lee Huttenbach decided to backpack up the eastern coast of Africa, from Johannesburg to Cairo, she was only 23 years old, fresh off a year of teaching English in Brazil and hoping for adventure on a budget. She never expected to meet a freedom fighter-turned-tea farmer along the way, never expected a great-grandfather from a vastly different culture to forever change her life. "Originally, it was going to be one meeting," the Miami Beach resident recalled, "but we had such a rapport right away. We were telling stories the entire time. I felt from the very beginning that I was in the presence of somebody wise who knew me very well." That initial dinner in 2006...