PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Newly arrived asylum seekers have taken to the field for a game of soccer with players from several African countries.
Denis Mangangu Malepa, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said he left his home country in 2017 amid religious and political violence. He said he spent time in Brazil before traveling six months from Latin America to Portland.
He said he’s been receiving translation services and information from the Congolese community.
Teams from Rwandan and Angolan communities joined the soccer games Sunday.
Portland has seen an influx of central African asylum seekers staying at the Portland Expo in recent weeks.
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