Chasing a football dream
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
CUE: The 1989 UN Convection on Rights of the Child promotes the well-being of children and their development. This right was included in the MDGs. In 2002 UNDP considered that sport can make a contribution to the achievement of MDGs goals. Ethiopia, as one of the developing countries, how far went, on fulfilling this MDGs with the contribution of sport.
Here is Eden Berhane from Ethiopia with a story about street football-playing children for Twenty Ten.
Fx 1: [sound of youths’ paying football in streets]Fade under 00: 5’
LINK 1: Bisrat Behonegn is one of those street footballers who live in so called Tekle Haymaot area in Addis Ababa. Bisrat’s passion for soccer is unmatched playing in the road side on the busty street of Tekele Haymanot, where many vehicles of different size buzz. Those busy streets are the only football field that he knows and where he excels.
He does not seem to care about street regulations; all he cares about is grab a ball and play ball, as he dreams of one day becoming a member of national football squad and play internationally. He says he wishes to play football day long but has to work and go to school.
CLIP 1: [I know we are not allowed that to play in this street but we have no choice. My wish is to play soccer with out any treats.
LINK 2: Michael Gebre Silase is also another street footballer on the same street. He also talks the other side of the game. He loves the game as he earns some money in bet.
CLIP 2: I earned money here in this streets use it to buy shirts and football shoes; you know we do not have other ways to get these equipments from no where. If it was not in this way we can not get even money to watch English premier leagues shows on DSTV .
LINK 3: Sport, particularly football is the only social activity for children like Bisrat, in which he hopes to excel and through which he learnt about team spirit.
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Kibrom Berhe, a dweller in the neighbourhood, says footballers like Bisrat, play in such busy streets where cars of every size with such speed is very tough.
CLIP 3: Bisarat and his friends have no other preferences than to play football in the streets. None particular sporting activity centre is available around, even in schools. It is challenging to enhance talent here, although you can not get resources and accesses easily while living in poverty.
LINK 4: Amsale Banteyhun concurs to that, the fear that such practices may result with terrible accidents.
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LINK 5: Bisrat and his friends are not the only street footballers on the streets of Addis Ababa and other cities of Ethiopia. But they are among those multitudes of children, who chase their dream of football career on the dusty streets mingling with vehicles. The MDGs aims to guide children all that they could possibly deserve and their rights protected including their right to play in suitable settings, as children are the pillars of every society.
Bisrat and his friends also constitute the larger segment in the cosmic element of children of the glob. Their right to play in a conducive environment is yet to be ascertained. Till then they chase their dream on the Tekle Haymanot street.