Lebanon, Palestine

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Since the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, and more recently due to the Syrian conflicts, countless people have been forced to flee their homes, with large numbers arriving in Lebanon. The refugee communities often experience trauma and poverty as a result of the limited resources available to the host countries.


For the last 50 years the non-profit organisation American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) has been working together with local institutions to improve the day-to-day lives of refugees. The organisation’s work involves teaching job skills, developing infrastructure across the region and rebuilding sports centres. Anera seeks to use sport as a way of boosting refugees’ sense of well-being and promoting positive values and healthier life choices. Participants say the football games also provide an outlet for stress, anger as well as some much-needed recreation and distraction.

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Samar El Yassir

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