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The last hope

Credit Line: Nanama Keita / Daily Observer / Twenty Ten

Headline: When football is the last hope

Date: 2009/10/02

Location: Banjul, Gambia

Article Synopsis: This piece focuses on how football is being used as an instrument in revitalising the lives of those who have undergone a bitter experience of civil war. It tells a story about a particular Sierra Leonean who first seemed to have lost hope after being forced to seek refuge in a foreign land, but only to later find expression and contentment on the football field.

First Paragraph: For millions in Africa, hope, loved ones and personal belongings may all have been lost. However, a passion for football is never lost.

Keywords: Football, War, Passion, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Hope

Language: English

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Text: For millions in Africa, hope, loved ones and personal belongings may all have been lost. However, a passion for football is never lost.

War breaks down communities, creates enmity, snatches away lives and casts a bitter experience on the lives of millions of ambitious children. And war leaves an open wound on the minds of all those who have fallen victim to it, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity or geography.

The memories of war are difficult to erase. But in the war-ravaged regions of Africa, one will discover that a passion for football is impossible to destroy. Football is being used on the continent as a vital instrument to revitalize the lives of those who have suffered the bitter experience of civil war.

Back in 1997, a bloody civil war broke out in the diamond-rich West African country of...

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