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Using Soccer to Build Peace and Harmony

The Dayton Refugee Justice program took advantage of the World Cup-induced soccer fever to sponsor a unique event: The Umoja Afrika Cup tournament on June 12, 2010.

More than 50 young people from Burundi, Kenya and Senegal participated in a round robin style tournament, buoyed by sheer excitement and unfazed by rain, reported Migwe Kimemia, program director. “The Burundian refugees were extremely excited as this was their first such experience since they arrived in Dayton about two years ago,“ he said. “It got even more exciting after they upset the Kenyan team by 7 goals to 2.”

Umjoa Afrika Cup Team Picture

Team picture.

Refugees from Kenya, Burundi, and Senegal enjoyed a friendly soccer tournament in Dayton, OH.

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