Saturday, 8 August 2009

Outcasts United

I have just finshed reading an amazing book. Outcasts United by Warren St John. One of the best football books I have read. Awesome.

It is about a town in the US where many refugees are resttled, having escaped war zones around the world. A Jordanian woman brings some of the sons of the families together to play football - and for after school classes.

Children who have lost their fathers and siblings in attrocities in Africa and Europe, as well as facing huge challenges in their new country, are given a chance to play football and forget about it - and a chance to rebuild their lives.

It is moving and funny. About football and about how refugees struggle - and succeed - to settle into a strange country.

Ten out of ten.

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