Traditionally people of all cultures and backgrounds seem to bond well over sports and cricket is no exception to this fact. Somehow it seems like a game of cricket has the power to break down many barriers such as religious persuasion and migratory status.
Since the beginning of the war, many men and women have been trying to flee their country of Afghanistan seeking a better future for their families. Sometimes the entire family can’t make it out, and a child might be separated from his parents at a young age. This short film covers the story of three such young men. Forced to leave their homes to find a better life, these young men, like thousands of others, end up in countries like the UK. But getting there is only the first step even though some of them spend months travelling towards that new destination.
Once they land, they face a number of difficulties, including the language barriers, culture shock, and the threat of deportation.
The Refugee Cricket Project brings them together and offers them the opportunity to be seen as sportsmen first instead of refugees or asylum seekers. Those terms tend to stir up a little bit of anxiety in many locals because of everything they imply.
Were it not for the game, the life stories of these young men might have been very different. Not only has the game helped to keep their minds off their plight, but it has also helped them to see life differently than how they did before arriving in London.
Some of them go on to complete their studies and become outstanding citizens, but they are forever grateful for the doors of opportunities that were opened because of this game.
The Refugee Council organizes the Refugee Cricket Project. It’s much more than entertainment; it’s a chance to gain access to much needed support and advice as they go through the system and become adapted to their new home.
One woman, Antonia, dedicates many hours of her week to make it all happen smoothly. Listen to their stories now.