Refugees Get Own Soccer Tournament In Sign Of Solidarity
Organizations come together to support the displaced in a manner that humanizes them and reveals their talents
Millions of refugees are placed in camps because frankly, the world has no clue what to do with them. In a creative response to this dire crisis, Copa90 has partnered up with charities and media partners to support refugees by hosting a soccer tournament for this group in need. Refugees in these camps are known to turn to soccer to bring more focus and joy into their lives while they struggle to be permanently welcomed in a new, safer country. Called The Liberté Cup, the creation of this tournament was not politically or monetarily motivated, but a way to change the world’s perception of refugees.
The soccer tournament was held near a refugee camp at Grande-Synthe on September 10, 2016. Ten teams in total participated, all from various refugee camps and refugee support groups. Already, contenders are practicing for this tournament and the hosts plan to create a documentary of this historic event.
The hope is that this documentary and event will let viewers perceive refugees as human beings with desires, passions and needs just like everyone else in the world.