MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Usman Lawan wants to be a doctor. He dreams of going to medical school, even as he and his siblings subsist on remnants of food donated by neighbors. Even as their home has running water only a few hours a day, a few days of the week. Even as his family has been displaced by the war against Boko Haram.

Usman, 13, was radiant when he discussed his plans last month.

“I want to become a medical doctor so that I can help the sick,” he said. “And I also want my wife to be a medical doctor, so that we can help the sick together.”

The motivations of the boy, who lives here in great poverty, stem from altruism.

“Whenever I am helping people as a doctor, if anybody gives me money,” he said, “I will tell him to take his money and go away.”

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).


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