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Homeland woman hires refugee artisans for her Fells Point store
Homeland woman hires refugee artisans for her Fells Point store

Alexis Safali, 60, said he was a lawyer and an activist in his home country of Rwanda. Now, he said, he is an official asylum-seeker in the United States, working for an hourly wage as an assistant manager and artisan at Tembo Group, an unusual arts and crafts store in Fells Point that opened in May and is owned by Homeland resident Deborah de la Reguera. Last week, Safali, who left his family in Rwanda in 2012 to attend a conference for lawyers in Miami and never returned, sat painting at a table in the store, where many of his pictures hang on the wall. Most are of animals and landscapes, including an elk that he painted from a photo of one that de la Reguera saw on a trip to Jackson...

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