Soccer Fever in Iraq Helps Fight ISIS Recruitment

These Iraqi boys love playing soccer in their new outfits

As football fever spreads throughout England and Europe during the Euro2020 soccer tournament, Mosaic Middle East reported the latest news from its football project at Harsham Camp in northern Iraq.

In an email update to ministry supporters, the outreach said: “Our football project is run by local Iraqis and brings these refugees together, across religious and ethnic divides. It helps to protect the youngsters from radicalization — a very real danger in camps in Iraq where there is so little hope.”

Watch a video of some of the Iraqi youth playing soccer here:

The ministry says: “We cover the costs of the football coach, the boy’s kit and equipment. Two years ago we paid for the pitch to be fully renovated including new drainage. We want to be able to make repairs to the pitch so if you are able to provide a donation it would be greatly appreciated.”

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland