Liberia

After reuniting with his mother, Maryland's Keihn determined to help family, youth in Liberia

After reuniting with his mother, Maryland's Keihn determined to help family, youth in Liberia

Melvin Keihn sat still, crying.

For about 30 seconds, the Maryland defensive end couldn’t hear people calling his name, urging him to get out of the van to greet his mom, Satta, for the first time since he was 8 years old.

“I literally froze. Everything went blank,” Keihn said. “I just didn’t believe I was finally sitting there.”

When he finally emerged, Satta, standing on the porch, confused by the random vehicle’s appearance, ran toward him, and the two hugged in tears. He told her he loved her, had missed her and was sorry it took so long to reunite.

So started Keihn’s surprise return to Liberia, where he arrived June 30 with 14 years of longing to embrace his...

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