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Case studies

Like all people, refugees and asylum seekers are all individuals with their own stories to tell. There are many different reasons and circumstances for why people have sought asylum in the UK. It is important that we listen to their personal stories and experiences and treat them as individual people.

Here are some of the stories of people who are involved with Football Unites, Racism Divides. They all came to the UK as refugees and asylum seekers:

Desbon in FURD Library

Desbon Bushiri

Desbon came to the UK in 2000, following the civil war in Burundi.  Possessing fantastic football skills, Desbon was spotted playing in the local park by the Football Unites head coach.  Desbon has played for Football Unites' community teams, Sheffield United and several semi-professional football clubs.  Read about how Desbon now uses his football coaching skills to help others develop their interest in the game.

Desbon Bushiri
Faisal Osman Eid

Faisal Osman Eid

Faisal came to the UK as a young boy following the civil war and anarchy that tore his native Somalia apart.  Faisal's "Football madness" led him to the Football Unites project, where he signed up as part of our Millennium Volunteers scheme.  He completed his level 1 coaching and used it to establish a youth team, drawn mainly from the Somali community.  Always keen to put something back into the community, Faisal has also completed basic Youth Worker training.  Read about Faisal's passion for the game.

Faisal's story
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