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Salvation Army's Siemon center a children's 'oasis' in South L.A.
Salvation Army's Siemon center a children's 'oasis' in South L.A.

The walls of the compound stretch over an entire city block in South Los Angeles. Given the occasional gunfire in an area that's been likened to a war zone, no one uses the doors that open onto the street in front. But painted on the building's facade is a bright mural of children reading, using computers and shooting hoops. They jump and play on top of a layer of heavenly clouds, untouched by the kind of graffiti tagged onto the vacant county juvenile courthouse across the street. The summer camp at the Salvation Army's Siemon Family Youth and Community Center has been a positive force in South L.A. for the last five years, Executive Director Mortimer Jones said. For him,...

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