2005-03-04 / Travel

Coming to America

Part Four: Star Scholar visits schools

Dr. Camara spoke to students at AC Flora High School. Students in the class from Africa are Alpha Dioubaté (Guinea), Gervais Fomé (Cameroon), Sam Michael (Nigeria), Mohamed Soluiman (Sudan), Julian Fomé (Cameroon), Camara, Hope Bupé (Zambia), Asha Noor (Somalia), Hind Malik (Sudan), Halima Somow (Somalia), Ala’a Soluiman (Sudan), and Adenike Adelere (Nigeria).Dr. Camara spoke to students at AC Flora High School. Students in the class from Africa are Alpha Dioubaté (Guinea), Gervais Fomé (Cameroon), Sam Michael (Nigeria), Mohamed Soluiman (Sudan), Julian Fomé (Cameroon), Camara, Hope Bupé (Zambia), Asha Noor (Somalia), Hind Malik (Sudan), Halima Somow (Somalia), Ala’a Soluiman (Sudan), and Adenike Adelere (Nigeria). Dr. Naby Camara’s third week in America was a real whirlwind experience for the native of Guinea. On Monday, he spoke in Amiya Al–Muslim’s class at Lewis– Greenview Elementary School. The students presented him a Jaguar T–shirt.

Amiya Al–Muslim, the Spanish teacher at Lewis–Greenview Elementary School, presents Dr. Naby Camara a bag of gifts including a school T–shirt.Amiya Al–Muslim, the Spanish teacher at Lewis–Greenview Elementary School, presents Dr. Naby Camara a bag of gifts including a school T–shirt. Early Tuesday morning he had cataract surgery on his right eye by Dr. Rick Milne. It was as successful as the previous week’s surgery on his left eye. Since it had been determined that his retina’s were damaged by long time use of malaria medicines in Guinea, Dr. Camara was referred to Dr. Julio Arroyo, a specialist in tropical medicine. Dr. Arroyo was able to prescribe new malaria medicines that were not toxic to the eyes.

Tuesday night, Dr. Camara was honored by the Richland One School Board. Board Chairman Dr. Jasper Salmond presented him with a certificate of appreciation citing his willingness to take 14 students and four adults to his village, Farenya, in 2000. Board Member Vince Ford, who was on the trip, told how the group took a canoe up the Rio Pongo and were received by the singing and dancing villagers. Then, to top off the adventure, everyone had to wade out to the boats because the tide had gone out.

Dr. Naby Camara stands with Amiya Al–Muslim, Spanish teacher, and Delores Gilliard, principal, at Lewis–Greenview Elementary School.Dr. Naby Camara stands with Amiya Al–Muslim, Spanish teacher, and Delores Gilliard, principal, at Lewis–Greenview Elementary School. Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Camara had a wonderful surprise during a visit to Ben Lippen School. Unbeknown to him a former physician friend from Guinea, Madidian Keita, is now coaching at Ben Lippen. It was a reunion of old friends after 15 years.



Dr. Camara was 
presented a certificate of appreciation by the Richland One School Board. Pictured are participants in the Richland One African Tour in 2000 that went to Farenya, Guinea: 
(l–r) Kathy Hope, Nina Burkett, Dr. Camara, Rashad Crum, Vince Ford, Arthuree Ricks, Amiya Al–Muslim, Jean Palyok, and 
Dr. Jim Fisher. Dr. Camara was presented a certificate of appreciation by the Richland One School Board. Pictured are participants in the Richland One African Tour in 2000 that went to Farenya, Guinea: (l–r) Kathy Hope, Nina Burkett, Dr. Camara, Rashad Crum, Vince Ford, Arthuree Ricks, Amiya Al–Muslim, Jean Palyok, and Dr. Jim Fisher. Dr. Camara, Dr. Jim Fisher, and I gave a presentation on our 2004 Slave Trail Trek Thursday at AC Flora High School to the combined classes of Brittie Pointer and Eural Joiner. Once again Dr. Camara was surprised when a student, Alpha Dioubaté, newly emigrated from Guinea, presented him with a gift in Susu, his native language. The gift, an AC Flora T–shirt, was autographed by all of the students.






Dr. Camara enjoyed a visit to Ben Lippen School that included an international festival. Pictured are Don Kauffman, headmaster, Dr. Camara, David 
Renegar, and Dr. Madidian Keita. Dr. Camara enjoyed a visit to Ben Lippen School that included an international festival. Pictured are Don Kauffman, headmaster, Dr. Camara, David Renegar, and Dr. Madidian Keita. Dr. Camara had a follow–up exam by Dr. Milne on Wednesday morning, then a final laser zapping on Friday. He will be able to read now using bifocal glasses, something he has not been able to do for 10 years.

Lisa Lybrand, Dr. Arroyo’s assistant, takes Dr. Camara’s temperature. He said he never knew it could be done from the ear.Lisa Lybrand, Dr. Arroyo’s assistant, takes Dr. Camara’s temperature. He said he never knew it could be done from the ear.

(Next week: A visit to Washington, DC, before flying back to Africa)


Dr. Julio Arroyo exams Dr. Camara to determine which malaria medicine he should take when back in Guinea.Dr. Julio Arroyo exams Dr. Camara to determine which malaria medicine he should take when back in Guinea.Dr. Madidian Keita and Dr. Naby Camara renew a long lost friendship at Ben Lippen School.Dr. Madidian Keita and Dr. Naby Camara renew a long lost friendship at Ben Lippen School.Viola Morris (l) and Jessica Mncube (r), assistants to Dr. Julio Arroyo, show their pleasure at being able to assist Dr. Camara.Viola Morris (l) and Jessica Mncube (r), assistants to Dr. Julio Arroyo, show their pleasure at being able to assist Dr. Camara.

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