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Believe in Yourself

Legless Venezuelan rapper, surfer, overcoming odds in Colombia

Venezuelan migrant Alfonso Mendoza was born without legs. Abandoned by his parents, he flirted with suicide. But everything about him shouts: "Believe in Yourself!"  His main mode of movement is on a shabby skateboard, which he kept close during a dangerous crossing into Colombia with his wife. "It was difficult because of the guerrillas and the Venezuelan National Guard; it is a very difficult journey." Lithe and muscular, Alca -- as he prefers to be known -- hoists himself into buses. With a boom box and…