April 06, 2013
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Christian Solidarity International
Keer Deng (center) was sold into slavery in his native Sudan when he was about 5. This picture is of him on the day he was liberated.
Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner first met Deng five years ago. He now calls her "Momma Chicken," the first two English words he learned.
Surgeries have restored Deng's ability to see some colors in his right eye. His slave master blinded him when he was 6 as punishment.
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Now 19, Deng attends the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown.
One of his new experiences is learning the piano. He will play Franz Schubert's "Andante" in a duet at a May recital.
Ratner (right) said she never wanted children but now finds herself mothering Deng. She wants him to be "equipped to grow into a great man."