Soldiers of Peace, a new documentary film, takes us into the world of conflict resolution. In the excerpt below (courtesy of Telegraph 21), we meet a courageous Kenyan woman named Fatuma Abdulkadir who risks her life to bring peace to her community through the creation of a football league. In northern Kenya, the effects of drought and deforestation have pitted local communities against one another in a struggle for arable land and water. Young men were routinely sent out to fight one another in the struggle. In an effort to stop the killing and rethink things, Fatuma decided to start a football league made up of young men (soldiers) from warring groups. The hope was that football would bring the young men together and enable them to look at one another differently. What follows is powerful. Participation in the league taught the young men to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence and the local communities became safer as a result. Just another powerful illustration of how football can help plant the seeds of progress.
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