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Escape from war: Alex Owumi's journey

Ex-college basketball player fled war-torn Libya and found a hoops haven in Egypt

Originally Published: August 31, 2011
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

Standing on his apartment building rooftop, Alex Owumi watched as a small but strong group of protestors marched toward Libyan soldiers.

For days, people had been gathering in the streets of Benghazi, Libya, protesting the 42-year rule of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Owumi thought this was simply more of the same.

"I figured the soldiers were just trying to disperse the protestors," Owumi said. "I went downstairs to get some water, came up the steps and all of a sudden ...

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