Jessa Vivio, 7/25/17
(Ritsona Refugee Camp, Greece) —
Organized football (soccer) at Greece’s refugee camps is now being offered as a means of escape from boredom and depression for residents who wait months or years for word on a future home.
At the Ritsona refugee camp on Greece’s mainland, the ‘Cafe Rits’ football team sponsored by the Cafe Rits NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) has turned semi-pro, with the refugee team sparing against other Greek teams. Those watching the effort say it has not only created a sense of community in the camp, but given the young players a sense of purpose.