Basima El Hasan

Basima El Hasan hails from Southern California and is a Communications Volunteer for the American Red Cross of Orange County.  She enjoys writing blogs for the Desert to Sea Region about everyday heroes who exemplify the spirit of the Red Cross with the hope of inspiring others.  She is a wife and mother of three and currently resides in Laguna Niguel, CA with her family.

Updated April 2018

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The Red Cross Hero of the Japanese Internment Camp

Sometimes a hero’s greatest power is humanity. Kinzo Yamamoto never forgot the time he was touched by the determination, bravery and humanity of an American Red Cross hero. His Red Cross story is told through his daughter, Naomi Lake, of San Diego, CA. American-born Kinzo was only eleven years old when he was imprisoned in a Japanese Internment Camp.

During World War II, he, his parents and five siblings were forced to leave their home, retail shop, school and comfortable life in California with only what they could carry to the detention center. They stitched seeds into their clothing ...

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