Basketball Is Bringing Sudanese & South Sudanese Refugees Back Together

Since 1955, Sudan has witnessed two civil wars between the northern and southern regions. Although South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011, the prolonged conflicts have resulted in over 370,000 refugees seeking a better life in nearby countries like Egypt.

While there are still disputes between the countries, Sudanese and South Sudanese refugees in Cairo are coming back together, thanks to basketball!

(Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Reuters reports that the refugees (about 90 South Sudanese and 40 Sudanese players) meet twice a week in a church courtyard in Cairo to play basketball, putting all their political differences aside for the love of the game.

As refugees, they’re finding it hard to get integrated into sports clubs in Cairo. But this hasn’t stopped them from extending their membership to players from other countries, including those who aren’t of the same faith as them.

As they play together, most of them dream of breaking into the NBA – just like Manute Bol, the Sudanese-born 7-foot-7 NBA star. And who’s to say they can’t just because they’re refugees?

(Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

(Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

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