Enough Project partner organization i-ACT is currently in eastern Chad putting together a team of Darfuri refugee soccer players who will travel to Sweden at the end of May to compete in the ConIFA World Football Cup. 60 players representing 9 of the 13 Darfuri refugee camps participated in an intense three-day tryout period last week. 21 of them qualified to be a part of a two-week training camp where they’ll be running, doing drills, and scrimmaging to earn one of the 15 spots on the 2014 Darfur United team.
Darfur United is a positive story that helps bring attention, hope, and dignity to a mostly forgotten Darfuri people. Over the last year, this region has been experiencing alarming turmoil and violence. The camps from which the players come from have gone through drastic food cuts because of lack of resources by the humanitarian community. The young men who make up the Darfur United squad are leaders in their camps and will be the future peacemakers for their people.
As of today, they are just $12,250 from raising the amount needed to transport the players from N’Djamena, Chad to Osersund, Sweden. If you can support their efforts, please make a donation today. Funds to support flight costs to Sweden are needed by Monday May 19th.
Photo credit: i-ACT