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Abraham: How Football Saved My Life

Woven Threads: Stories from Afar

It’s 1987, South Sudan is in conflict, children from villages are seized and forced to join enemy armed forces. Eleven-year-old Abraham is herding cattle in the fields when pandemonium broke out in the village: gunfire, screaming and the village torched. He and the other boys run for their lives. It would be thirty years before he is reunited with the rest his family. With a group of children, he walks for months to the relative safety of Ethiopia. Here they build a camp and live for four years. Then once again war forces them to walk for another year, back to South Sudan and then to Kenya. Wherever they go the boys play football. Luckily, Abraham is a natural and finds recognition and acclaim. Football is his safe place, his family, his home.

Rating: G
Production Year: 2018
Duration: 5 min
Series: Woven Threads: Stories from Afar

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