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Welcome to the Darfur United Restaurant

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted on by Sara-Christine Dallain

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The food rations that the refugees receive in the camps have been cut, and their intake of calories is low in general, not to mention for athletes training twice a day. So in order to provide the players with enough fuel and calories to keep them going during training these next few weeks, we’re supporting the team with three substantial meals a day.

Each morning, following the first session of tryouts, we’ve been joining the players for their 9am breakfast at the restaurant. It’s here we begin to experience their different personalities as they loosen up, joke around and have fun striking poses for our cameras. For breakfast today, the guys ate something similar to naan bread, dipped in a thick bean and onion stew, followed by some hot sweet tea and hot milk. While eating, they sat in small groups, hiding from the sun, sharing the large platter of food. No utensils needed here, as they eat effortlessly with one hand, b