South Africa’s Soccer Team of Transition

By: Jacob Rogers John Real Soccer Academy is not your average soccer team. The group is made up of players from all over Africa who have come to South Africa with the hopes of becoming professional footballers. But there are some obstacles in their path. Photo at top: Behind the goalpost at morning practice. Taken […]

Ethiopians find a home — and sometimes a hand — away from home in South Africa

By Hannah Gebresilassie “Sami, Sami!” two Ethiopian beggars shouted with their hands held out on a misty afternoon in Little Addis, an Ethiopian district on Jeppe Street in downtown Johannesburg. Sami Shiferaw stopped, pulled about 50 rand ($3) from his pocket and handed it to the men: “They’re our friends,” Shiferaw said. “I have to.” […]