From a War Zone to the FIFA Boardroom, a Female Footballer Finds Her Way
Honey Thaljieh grew up in a war zone. One day, on the streets of Bethlehem, she passed by a group of boys playing football. By chance, they passed her the ball. Soon, Honey discovered that she was a gifted athlete. But more than that, football became Honey’s path to freedom and dignity. It took her to Europe and the U.S., where she saw young people, far from the tragic backdrop of war, playing on manicured grass fields smooth enough to shoot pool on. In 2003, Honey helped found the Palestinian Women’s National Football team. She was named its first captain. Now retired from competition, Honey works as a Manager of Corporate Communications for FIFA.
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