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Life after Liberia – Independent Record

Juniors Jared Grover, left, and Jacob Grover came to Helena from Liberia at 12-years-old in search of new opportunities. The brothers now find themselves facing off on opposite sides of the field.  Photo by Lisa Kunkel.

Juniors Jared Grover, left, and Jacob Grover came to Helena from Liberia at 12-years-old in search of new opportunities. The brothers now find themselves facing off on opposite sides of the field. Photo by Lisa Kunkel.

By Amber Kuehn
Class of 2007

They grew up in war-torn Liberia, spending the majority of their days in hiding for fear of becoming child soldiers.

They witnessed things in childhood most Americans never see in a lifetime. Starvation and death before their eyes. Violence so gruesome it robs one’s innocence and forces kids to grow up before their time.

So the fact that Jacob and Jared Grover, identical twins with such an intense past, are now in Helena is nothing short of remarkable. The fact that they’re living the life of an average American teen, texting their friends after classes and prepping for Friday night football games, is difficult for Jared to even put into words.

“Even up to this day I just think everything has been like a dream for me,” said the junior linebacker at Helena High. “I never thought I would be here … the whole experience has just been unbelievable. I just don’t know what to say about it. I’m just thankful every day.”

Read the full story on the Independent Record’s Web site.

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