Thursday, June 3, 2010

Football match puts spotlight on Haitians living in the Brazilian Amazon

A recent football match in the heart of the Amazon put a spotlight on a small group of Haitians who have sought shelter and asylum in the north-west Brazilian town of Tabatinga, most of whom left their homeland after the devastating January 12 earthquake.

The game, organized last Friday by a UNHCR partner, pitted a team of Haitian exiles against locals and was watched by an enthusiastic crowd of Brazilians as well as Colombian and Peruvian visitors in an area of Amazonas state where the three countries meet.

Played on a sandy pitch and narrowly won by the Caribbean islanders, the match helped raise 80 kilogrammes of food for a group of around 60 civilians from Haiti living at the Divine Church of the Holy Spirit in Tabatinga. The food, including items such as rice, beans, salt, flour and oil, was the admission fee for spectators.

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