Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town

Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town

Warren St. John

the intense story of a refugee adolescence football workforce and the transformation of a small American town

Clarkston, Georgia, was once a standard Southern city till it was once particular a refugee payment middle within the Nineteen Nineties, turning into the 1st American domestic for rankings of households in flight from the world’s conflict zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. abruptly Clarkston’s streets have been choked with girls donning the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and children of all shades taking part in football in any open area they can locate. the city additionally grew to become domestic to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian lady who based a early life football group to unify Clarkston’s refugee kids and retain them off the streets. those young children named themselves the Fugees.

Set opposed to the backdrop of an American city that with no its consent had turn into an unlimited social test, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season within the lifetime of the Fugees and their charismatic trainer. Warren St. John files the lives of a various staff of teenagers as they miraculously coalesce right into a band of brothers, whereas additionally drawing a desirable portrait of a fading American city suffering to deal with its new arrivals. on the heart of the tale is fiery trainer Luma, who relentlessly drives her avid gamers to good fortune at the football box whereas protecting jointly their lives—and the lives in their families—in the face of a chain of daunting challenges.

This fast moving chronicle of a unmarried season is a fancy and encouraging story of a small city changing into a world community—and an account of the creative and intricate methods we create a house in a altering international.

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