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Jump! Kenyan kids jump-rope across the world

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NAIROBI, Kenya — When she first picked up a jump-rope, at age 11, Beryl Atieno was just another young girl in Kibera, Nairobi’s notorious slum. Her horizon didn’t extend far past its mud-slick streets and jagged patchwork of rusting rooftops.

Since then, she has appeared in her sky blue uniform in Kenyan newspapers and on television. A couple of years ago, she traveled to the coastal city of Mombasa, where for the first time she saw the sea.

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