Refugee week special: How football is transforming refugees' futures

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Refugee week special: How football is transforming refugees' futures

Author: sdeurope.eu | 18 June 2019

“The best thing that football gave me was a chance to get to know human beings. I got to meet people who suffered a lot, and those on the other side of society that had everything.” – Socrates, Footballer

A young player gracefully floats across the turf, skating easily around two players who are struggling to keep up with his skill and speed. He plays without fear, brave and single-minded. He has two options to pass, but chooses to dribble instead, running the ball too far and losing his opportunity to score.

But who is he? He is Congolese, he is a refugee, he is an unaccompanied 17-year-old boy living in Moria Refugee Camp. He is a brother, a son, a team mate, a friend, a player on the Socrates Football Project in Lesvos, Greece. He is a footballer. He is a citizen of the world.

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