Outcasts United

Outcasts United

An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make A Difference

Book - 2009
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This volume recounts the story of Luma Mufleh, a young Jordanian emigre who created a soccer program in Georgia (U.S.) for young refugees from war-torn nations, telling the story of a determined woman profoundly impacting the lives of dozens of impoverished families. Mufleh forged a team, the Fugees, out of recruits from such disparate lands as Liberia, Sudan, Zaire, Kosovo and Afghanistan. She offered youngsters traumatized by civil war and genocide the chance to enjoy a familiar pastime, often acting as a surrogate mother for children whose struggling parents worked long hours to support them.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009.
Edition: Spiegel & Grau trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780385522045
Branch Call Number: 796.334 ST
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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bibliotechnocrat Jul 31, 2016

The beautiful game of soccer becomes a kind of metaphor for the competition for resources, for respect, for the right to self-determination, in this ensemble-cast book. Cheap rents and settlement services agencies made Clarkston a destination for new waves of huddled masses, but not everyone is comfortable with the new arrivals. Luma, a dynamic Jordanian woman (with her own issues), takes on the coaching of the refugee children surrounding her. She inspires, cajoles, and pushes these kids to better themselves through education and the discipline required for successful team sports. A very enjoyable read about a small Georgia town that ends up as the melting pot on low boil.

Oct 19, 2010

True story about a young woman from an affluent Jordanian family who starts a free soccer program for refugee youth in an Atlanta community that is rapidly being transformed by immigration. Touches on fear of change, challenges of coming to a new country, living in poverty, and the importance of competitive sports for youth who lack other positive outlets. The author is a reporter for The New York Times and can tell a good story.


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