REFUGEES IN INDONESIA TURN TO SOCCER TO FILL LIVES ON HOLD
December 4, 2017
Title: REFUGEES IN INDONESIA TURN TO SOCCER TO FILL LIVES ON HOLD
Name of Responsible Persons: Mobin
Source: Beyond Sport
The article demonstrates how football is providing hope for refugees in Indonesia, both men and women alike. In late 2016, an all-refugee futsal tournament was organized by a group of refugees, headed by Mr Mobin, an Afghan refugee and former football coach in Iran. Futsal became a tool for Afghan female refugees to empower themselves and to participate freely in the host countries, unlike the situation back in home country.
Hence, the sport is paving the way for the female refugees to overcome the gendered rules established in their own community. Many of the refugees who are practicing football aspire to take it up as their profession once they are resettled into another country. “Futsal keeps us busy, so we are not sitting at home and doing nothing. Sports also help us stay away from many problems,” Mobin said.
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