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Bringing hope and cheer to a refugee camp in Cameroon

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Bringing hope and cheer to a refugee camp in Cameroon

Mifalot organises sports activities in a Cameroonian refugee camp for 3,000 girls and boys.

There are presently about 19,000 refugees living in eastern Cameroon. 12,000 of them are children under the age of 15. Many of them suffer from malnutrition and therefore risk exposure to a number of diseases. The majority of these refugees are Muslims who have fled the ongoing civil war in the Central Africa Republic (CAR).

Between 8-20 December 2014 Mifalot coaches Nir Comber and Tom Marsland visited the eastern Cameroon refugee camp in Gadu to implement a unique Mifalot programme for more than 3,000 children.

The mission of the programme was to bring the local Cameroonian community and the CAR refugees together to play on the football pitch.

Nir and Tom instructed local groups in the use of football as an educational tool to alleviate tension, resolve conflict, encourage and include the refugee population, maintain healthy lifestyles, and strengthen the spirit of the refugees.

Tom and Nir also sat down with coaches and local volunteers for a professional training seminar. These local community leaders will continue the activities throughout the year when Mifalot is no longer present.

The project was run in cooperation with the Israeli embassy of Cameroon, the sport minister of Cameroon and his staff, the UNDP, UNHCR, and other international organisations operating in the area.

The Israeli ambassador to Cameroon, Nadav Cohen, expressed his excitement for the programme and the opportunity to build stronger ties between Israel and Cameroon.

Especially when partners can help to bridge the gap between the CAR refugees and local communities in the country.


[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]

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Bradley Castelli

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 23:00

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