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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of New York Times best-sellers "Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield" and "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana." You can follow her work at gaylelemmon.com and on Twitter at @gaylelemmon. The opinions expressed here are her own.
(CNN)Sameera Allam says her heart breaks when she thinks about her teenage son, who goes off to work each morning doing whatever job he can get to help support his family.