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Bend It Like Abdallah


Bend It Like Abdallah

Twelve-year-old Abdallah introduces some of the new friends he's made playing football at Za'atari refugee camp.
29 November 2013
Abdallah's football team practices at Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan.

Twelve-year-old Abdallah never played football back in Syria. But after fleeing the deadly conflict and reaching the safety of Za'atari refugee camp, he has found new friends and a strong sense of community through the game.

Bend It Like Abdallah


In this short video, Abdallah proudly introduces us to some of his teammates. They are ordinary boys united by a passion for football and their shared experiences of escaping a war and seeing things no child should ever have to witness.

Watch part 1 of the trilogy, as Abdallah works to help support his family.

Watch part 3 of the trilogy, as Abdallah and his father try to phone relatives back in Syria.