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Refugee Makes A Living Using An Old PS2

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Mohammed Osman Ali, a refugee in Uganda, is doing his best to make the best of a bad situation, setting up a business games.

Scavenging old parts, hardware and games, and busting his ass to find out how they all worked so he could maintain them, he's managed to establish an "arcade" in his refugee camp. By arcade I mean a single old PlayStation 2, which has been modified to hell and back and which has a copy of FIFA.

He's not just making a living "renting out time" on the console (users are charged USD $0.20c for ten minutes of play), but Mohammed also credits the machine with preserving his sanity, as five years in a refugee camp is enough to test even the sternest of characters.


Mohammed's story leads an NPR report on refugees and work. You can listen to it here.