Sport for Hope / Refugee Camps World Cup
  • Ali Haj Suleiman (Syria)

In NW Syria, where a civil war has been raging for over 12 years, residents tried to have some fun and entertainment while the world's largest football event, the World Cup, was being held in Qatar. In the region, which includes about 2m displaced people residing in poor camps, a World Cup tournament was held for children living in those camps, where 224 children participated among 32 teams. The largest cup in the world was also made, but from cork, and it was carved and coloured to look like the Golden World Cup. The interaction with this tournament was remarkable in a region where 90% of the population lives below the poverty line, as some young people wore the shirts of the teams they support, and some distributed sweets when their favourite team won.


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