On the Road, Shaking and Thinking

On the Road, Shaking and Thinking

On the Road, Shaking and Thinking The car ride from Guereda to Iriba shook me to the bones, especially the ones on my back. It was a bumpy two-hour drive through sandy and rocky terrain. Long drives used to be the norm back when I started coming in 2005. Now we jump...
Darfur United is Hope

Darfur United is Hope

Darfur United is Hope You always hear people talking about trips that change their lives. To me, I never really understood what a “life-changing” trip would entail, not until I embarked to Sweden with the all-refugee Darfur United Men’s Team. If I am going to be...
They play for Darfur.

They play for Darfur.

They play for Darfur. To say the team has improved on the field is maybe one of the greater underestimations I may have made in my almost-40 years on this planet. The football is unrecognizable from the hurried chatter and enthusiasm that kicked up the unbreathable...
It’s About Pride.

It’s About Pride.

It’s About Pride. It cannot be a more stark difference. The football that Darfur United has played in the last six days at training camp in Östersund, Sweden; and the first days of tryouts back in refugee camp Djabal in eastern Chad in 2012. Through it all,...
The Darfur United “Hospital”

The Darfur United “Hospital”

The Darfur United “Hospital” Quotation marks can signal that someone is speaking, that something is a title, or that a word or phrase is being used in a special way. There was certainly something special about “the Hospital.” That’s what the players of Darfur United...
2016 Training Camp Recap

2016 Training Camp Recap

This post originally appeared on darfurunited.com After a week in Östersund, Darfur United ended its 2016 training camp with a plethora of successful accomplishments on and off the field. All fourteen players arrived on time and eager to begin from day one, which was...