Among the soccer players gathered at the Shelburne Field House on a Saturday evening in late February, Binti Abdullahi cut a stark figure in her loose-fitting black dress and hijab. Standing on the sidelines, Abdullahi, the manager of the Golden Blazers Girls Soccer Team, looked exasperated. Few of her charges were on the pitch. Most were still in the changing room. By contrast, members of the Somali soccer club Juba Star were already playing a game on the adjacent field.
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