How to make it easier to get refugees back on track through sport

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Over 1 million people around the world flee due to war, persecution, and conflict. You never know when war or climate can strike causing refuge. Before even becoming a refugee, people should have plan B and this plan is having a place where you and your family can go in case of war and call it home sweet home. Refugees are people who flee war and persecution. There is this long tradition of refugees using their past experiences to make their new future in politics, the arts, sports, and many more others.

The multi-Olympic gold medallist, Mo Farah, fled conflict in his native country Somalia which neighbors Kenya to Kenya. He fled Somalia when he was young and found his new home in the UK. I am not sure if Mo Farah was running back in Somalia but let me give you an example not that it is true but you can tell me if he did run back in Somalia. For example, Mo is an athlete back in Somalia but now when he is in the UK, he is homeless and can't continue his sports to earn money he has no help at all.

This is how they can help people like the Mo Farah example (not true).

He can join the ROT (Refugee Olympic Team). The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

How other ways do you think we can help refugees in Sports and others?

Did Mo Farah run back in his motherland Somalia?

I got this information from Ballon Pop, the game Tom gave as a post.

Comments (5)

  • tom Tom @ Topical Talk
    09 May 2022

    Well done for using evidence from elsewhere on the Student, rational_grape. Mo Farah is an inspirational figure to many and his success shows what can happen when refugees move and settle to a new country. I'm interested to hear how others think we can help refugees in sport.

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  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 May 2022

    Can help the refugees in the sport through (1) faith in sports abilities and that they can achieve success, (2) the establishment of sports facilities safe for them, (3) development of sports activities, (4) as well as providing support to them and encourage them to build stadiums and galleries play sports apparel swimming pools, (5) employing trainers skilled to train and develop their skills, (6) joining clubs the ability to communicate with new people and friends, here can refugees to contribute to society and to give him interest in sports can be a kind of justice and equality in this world ..

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  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 May 2022

    Sport in its various forms has proven to be a powerful tool for shaping social integration, breaking down barriers and enhancing understanding between people. In such cases, sport is an opportunity to provide a safe environment and a supportive haven for refugees.
    And that sport can be a tool for building their individual skills and abilities, enhancing their physical and psychological well-being and self-esteem, and a way to help them lead a dignified life.
    For people forced to flee as a result of conflict and persecution, sport is often much more than a recreational activity. It is an opportunity to integrate, be protected, recover, develop and grow.

    Sport can also be a catalyst for positive change, empowering refugee communities, strengthening social bonds, building positive narratives and providing opportunities to realize dreams.

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  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    11 May 2022

    As an another example of athletes who were refugees... Dejan Lovren, a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Liverpool FC, was born in Bosnia. His family fled in 1992 when war broke out and settled in Germany. After several years in Germany, the family was forced to leave and settled in Croatia. And as a supporter of refugees he said “When I see what’s happening today I just remember my thing; my family and how people don’t want you in their country,” which shows how he suffered from rejecting people of refugees, and starved from being homeless and unaccepted.

    Sources of information:
    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-s-dejan-lovren-searing-insight-his-childhood-people-think-again-refugees-a7570001.html
    https://peacebuildingsolutions.org/famous-refugees/

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  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    18 May 2022

    It's good to mention that sports is an effective way to keep refugees on the right path of their mental and psychological health, which lead us to link this post with another post on topical talk which is "Do Refugees Only Need Financial Aid" that talks about the psychological health of refugees link of the post: https://talk.economistfoundation.org/projects/refugees-and-responsibility/the-discussion/do-refugees-only-need-settlement-and-financial-aid/
    And to make a third link, These two posts are linked to a headline also on Topical Talk which is " Sport and Mental Health" that talks about how sports can help in keeping the mental and psychological health of a person in its good state. Link of the headline: https://talk.economistfoundation.org/headlines/sport-and-mental-health/
    All what's mentioned can lead us to a fact that sports and mental health are highly linked to each other and to psychologically help refugees and especially children we have to keeping them on the track of sports like making sports club for example..

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