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The Joy of Soccer

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The first time I played soccer in a refugee camp was back in 2005, during what was going to be my only trip to the Chad-Sudan border. It was in camp Kounoungou, and I remember bringing out the soccer ball and seeing how eyes lit up all around me.

The people I was meeting in these Darfuri camps still had the shock of war on their faces. They had escaped burning villages recently and were adapting to what they thought was going to be a short stay with their neighbors across the border.