By Warren St. John

The intense story of a refugee adolescence football workforce and the transformation of a small American town

Clarkston, Georgia, was once a customary Southern city until eventually it was once specific a refugee payment heart within the Nineties, turning into the 1st American domestic for ratings of households in flight from the world’s conflict zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. unexpectedly Clarkston’s streets have been jam-packed with girls donning the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and children of all colours enjoying football in any open area they can locate. the city additionally turned domestic to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian lady who based a early life football group to unify Clarkston’s refugee teenagers and retain them off the streets. those teenagers named themselves the Fugees.

Set opposed to the backdrop of an American city that with out its consent had turn into an unlimited social test, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season within the lifetime of the Fugees and their charismatic trainer. Warren St. John records the lives of a various workforce of youngsters as they miraculously coalesce right into a band of brothers, whereas additionally drawing a desirable portrait of a fading American city suffering to house its new arrivals. on the heart of the tale is fiery trainer Luma, who relentlessly drives her gamers to good fortune at the football box whereas retaining jointly their lives—and the lives in their families—in the face of a chain of daunting challenges.

This fast paced chronicle of a unmarried season is a posh and encouraging story of a small city turning into an international community—and an account of the creative and complex methods we create a house in a altering international.

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Hassan’s devastation soon gave way to outrage. He believed he had given every opportunity to his daughter. He had sent her to the best schools and had encouraged her to go to college in the United States. He took her decision to make a home in the States as a slap in the face. Luma tried to explain that she felt it was important for her to see if she could support herself without the social and financial safety net her parents provided at home. Hassan would have none of it. If Luma wanted to see how independent she could be, he told her, he was content to help her find out.

The airport brought jobs, and the people working those new jobs needed places to live. A few enterprising developers bought up tracts of cheap land in Clarkston because of the town’s location, just outside the Atlanta Perimeter—a beltway that encircles the city and offers easy access to the airport and downtown. They built a series of apartment complexes—mostly two-story affairs with multiple buildings arranged around big, commuterfriendly parking lots. Developers got a boost when MARTA, the Atlanta public transit system, built its easternmost rail station outside Clarkston.

Chapter 28 - Halloween Chapter 29 - The Fifteens’ Final Game Chapter 30 - My Rules, My Way Chapter 31 - Tornado Cup Epilogue Author’s Note A Note on Sources For More Information Reader’s Guide About the Author Copyright For Nicole Introduction On a cool spring afternoon at a soccer field in northern Georgia, two teams of teenage boys were going through their pregame warm-ups when the heavens began to shake. The field had been quiet save the sounds of soccer balls thumping against forefeet and the rustling of the balls against the nylon nets that hung from the goals.

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