Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference

By | June 16, 2019
Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference Author Warren St. John
ISBN-10 0385522045
ISBN-13 9780385522045
Year 2009-12-01
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American townClarkston Georgia was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the worlds war zonesfrom Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan Suddenly Clarkstons streets were filled with women wearing the hijab the smells of cumin and curry and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find The town also became home to Luma Mufleh an American educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkstons refugee children and keep them off the streets These kids named themselves the Fugees Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach Warren St John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals At the center of the story is fiery Coach Luma who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their livesand the lives of their familiesin the face of a series of daunting challenges This fast paced chronicle of a single season is a complex and inspiring tale of a small town becoming a global communityand an account of the ingenious and complicated ways we create a home in a changing world

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