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

 
 
 
 
Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
Author: Warren St. John
ISBN 13: 9780385522045
ISBN 10: 385522045
Edition: 1St Edition
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: 2009-12-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $16.00
 
 

The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town

Clarkston, 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 world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s 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 Clarkston’s 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....

The Washington Post - Steven V. Roberts

You can read this book or wait for the movie, but the book is worth the effort. This story is too textured, too filled with layers of light and dark, for Hollywood to capture its complexity…This is an uplifting tale celebrating the most old-fashioned of virtues: hard work, self-discipline, regard for others.