I stumbled across this video from i-ACT9 when I was working on our video archives today. The entire i-ACT team is very focused on soccer and Darfur United at the moment, so this little guy grabbed my attention. He’s just a small child, and I do not know his name – but he makes a big impression as he plays with Katie-Jay.
He picks up the soccer ball with his hands, clearly unaware that the rule is you can’t directly touch it. Then it occurred to me – maybe this little boy could one day grow up and play goalie for Darfur United?
At the very least – doesn’t he deserve the chance to dream?
I am not a very big sports fan, but watching the joy on the kid’s faces as they play soccer and talk about their favorite players never fails to strike a chord. Soccer is one of the most universal languages on our planet. It promotes health, teamwork, self-esteem – and most of all, hope. Whatever Darfur United manages to achieve in its journey, the younger generation of Darfuri refugees will have something to aim for: a goal to reach.