From the IRC:
“Wherever you are in the world, no matter how poor or troubled you are, there is always soccer. You can play it anywhere and we love it,” says Ali Kareem, 32. “Soccer gives us something in common. We all want to win, but mostly we just want to play.”
A refugee from Iraq who resettled in Northern California with help from the International Rescue Committee, Ali has been doing more than just counting down to this week’s kickoff of the FIFA World Cup. He’s also been sharing his passion for soccer by coaching a team of Iraqi players who competed last weekend in the Bay Area Refugee World Cup in Oakland.
As we enjoy the World Cup, let us remember and reach out to the refugees in our midst.