Announcing iACT’s Newest Team Members!

Announcing iACT’s Newest Team Members!

Abdullah. Nouha. Idriss. Fatna. Photo: Gabriel Stuaring/iACT I’d like to introduce the newest coaches of the Refugees United Soccer Academy! These four women and men hail from Darfuri camp Iridimi, and will be training boys and girls there in soccer skills,...
Solidarity on the Field

Solidarity on the Field

When I woke up about an hour before my alarm went off today, I can’t say I was particularly surprised. It happens every time I am more excited than usual for my soccer games, a special practice, or in this case, my first time helping to train and select new coaches...
Souliman = Leader

Souliman = Leader

I first met Souli in 2012, when he tried out for the first Darfur United team that was to travel to Iraqi Kurdistan to compete in a soccer World Cup for groups of people not recognized by FIFA. From the first day, it was clear that he was a leader. Souli took...
First Impressions

First Impressions

Wow, what a fun first day at Iridimi camp! This was my first time visiting this eastern Chad Darfuri refugee camp, and so far, I’m loving my experience. Everyone we’ve interacted with has been super friendly, the camp feels pretty spacious and clean, and...
Coaches and Teachers

Coaches and Teachers

A week ago, I never would have believed that watermelons grew in eastern Chad. I saw the plants’ vines tangled in the sand as we drove from Guererda to Iridimi today. The fruit is sold everywhere—from the markets in the villages to the little restaurants in the...