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Farouk Majeed needed a left defender. The Journey's End soccer coach peered down his sideline, weighing his options. An older, bigger Eritrean opponent had already scored a second goal, and Majeed didn't want to concede more. From a spectator's standpoint, his options for substitutes were fascinating. Kids who'd escaped war, poverty and oppression in Sudan, Afghanistan …

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The pride of nations will be at stake at LaSalle Park this weekend as the World Refugee Day soccer tournament has announced its accepted teams and structure. Bhutan, Vietnam, Sudan, Somalia and Kenya are among the regions represented, with a diverse team from Journey's End Refugee Services also returning for its second year. Overall, 12 teams - comprising mostly refugee…

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There's a tendency for Buffalo natives to become insular, like when we adore when outsiders pump us up and lash out defensively when others put us down. While some might view these knee-jerk reactions as negative and excessive, they're also signs that Buffalonians are fiercely proud of their hometown. World Refugee Day and the Taste of Diversity, both running this weeke…

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Refugees have been and will continue to be crucial to Buffalo; Burmese, North African, Middle Eastern and other communities have enriched Buffalo's culture in areas such as business, art and food. Several local organizations will host events to celebrate World Refugee Day - officially June 20 - over the course of the next 10 days. First is a World Refugee Day Food Tr…