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Soccer club gives Sahrawi kids a workout — and hope

Refugee camps have little to offer children, but dozens of kids are taking advantage of a new soccer club that provides training and helps them hone other skills as well.
Saharawi school children chant as they leave their school at Samra's refugee
camp, near Tindouf in southwestern Algeria, November 22, 2003. The Saharawi
Polisario, the Algerian-backed movement is campaigning for independence for
the mineral-rich territory controlled by Morocco. Morocco and Algeria,
Polisario's main backer in its armed conflict with Morocco from 1975 to
1991, are under increasing international pressure to settle a dispute which
has slowed regional integration.     PP03110087 REUTERS/Andrea C
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TINDOUF, Algeria — Amid exceptionally difficult conditions, children in the Sahrawi refugee camps turn to sports to overcome the suffering of everyday life, pinning their hopes on a better tomorrow.

For decades, Sahrawi children have adored soccer. As they play barefoot in streets full of dust, their love of the magical game gives them a chance to forget a world that seems to have forgotten them.

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