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Darfuri Pride and Determination: DU’s Moubarag

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on by i-ACT’s Co-Founder and Director Gabriel Stauring.

Moubarag played with one good leg and one gigantic heart. Photo: Gabriel Stauring / i-ACT

On World Refugee Day, I need to thank Moubarag and the grit, determination, and spirit that he embodies as a representative of the people of Darfur.

Moubarag first tried out for the Darfur United squad that traveled to Iraq in 2012. From the moment I saw him, standing on the field waiting for the drills to start, I knew he was a baller. With singular intensity and focus, he just looked the part of a winner.  When the ball started rolling, it was clear he was one of the best players from all the camps, and he played with passion and joy.

Just before going to Iraq, Moubarag suffered a serious injury to his leg. Our physical trainer Alex was ready for him, and he immediately started doing everything he was told to try to get ba