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How a Texas Soccer Club Helped African Refugees Feel at Home

Umoja ni nguvu. Unity is strength.

For a soccer squad of African refugees, this Swahili phrase has been a powerful rallying cry. Many of the players constructed their direction to Houston, Texas, after years spent in refugee camps, knowing very little English except for a few words, such as” How are you ?” and” Where is the food ?”

Although adapting to their new lives was difficult, the players have found familiarity and relationship through their football crew, the revise Football Club.

” They are like my brothers ,” Iluta Shabani, a high school honor student who grew up in a refugee camp in Tanzania, said of his teammates.” When I don’t have something, they give it to me. When they don’t have, I give it to them .”

The players worry about President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, but even in the face of racial epithets from resisting musicians or spectators, they’ve kept going–even rising up to defeat a former commonwealth champ last-place month.

Charles Rotramel, who runs a nonprofit that patrons the team, credits the team members for build this community.” They were looking for a safe place and discovered it in each other ,” he told USA Today.

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