Oumar is a shy and quiet boy. He doesn’t smile much, but when he plays futbol (soccer), it is all determination and laughter. He lives with his mother and siblings in a refugee camp because his village was attacked and they were forced to walk across the desert for safety. He is 11 years old now and wants to be a teacher. His dreams are similar to so many children living around the world. And his mother, like so many parents, wants him to be successful and strong. Although their hopes and dreams for the future match our own, they face a harsh reality and a struggle for freedom each and every day. Oumar remembers living in Darfur and helping his family herd animals. He was young then, but smiles when he talks about the fun he remembers having. It disappears as he describes waiting in line for water and food to help his family. “It is hard,” he says. There is only the occasional futbol game that brings a smile to his often solemn face.