The Darfur United Men’s Team is an all-refugee soccer team, originally formed from twelve refugee camps in eastern Chad.
The Darfur United Men’s Team is an all-refugee soccer team, originally formed from twelve refugee camps in eastern Chad. These camps currently host over 360,000 displaced people from Darfur. Darfur United is an essential element of normalcy and connection to the world for Darfuri refugees. These disciplined and motivated players provide something for everyone to root for.
Darfur United began in 2012 as a joint effort between the refugee community, iACT, the UN Refugee Agency, and soccer fans. That year, the team scored the Darfuri community’s first international goal at the Viva World Cup in Iraqi-Kurdistan. Since then, the team has been a vehicle for global refugee awareness. The team continues to develop and inspire as it is given more opportunities to share its journey. At the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup in Sweden, Darfur United players shared their stories with the world. In doing so, their message of refugee rights, inequality, lack of resources, and hope for a better future reached 300 million people across 61 countries through coverage by international media outlets including the BBC, The New York Times, VICE News, CNN, The Huffington Post, and NBC.
Follow the team at DarfurUnited.com.