Soccer, Scars and the Monkey in the car…

DSC00722Sixty soccer coaches congregating on scrub land belonging to the ironically  juxtapositioned Kenyan Scout ground can give the illusion that the sprawling urban chaos that is Kibera is some distance away. Such is the proximity of Kibera that a lengthy concrete perimeter security wall has been constructed, emphasising the economic chasm and social divide.

The coaches’ enthusiasm is infectious as is their ability to build bridges and develop social cohesion across tribal and territorial boundaries. Their influences upon the mainly male turf wars help provide a much needed positive outlet for controlled aggression and some healthy competition. Coaching skills are on the rise whilst respect and tolerance are being promoted. However the reality of Kibera is never far away and during one water break several lads could be seen comparing and admiring past bullet wounds scars.

Meanwhile a part open rear window of our local transport facilitated some much needed ventilation. Removing the curious monkey from the rear seats required a little more skill.

 

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These writings are penned whilst in the field working with our friends who live and work in Kibera and it is hoped that they bring insight, understanding and a provocation that the status-quo is unacceptable. Please feel free to unsubscribe or share as appropriate. Any opinions implied or expressed are my own and names may have been changed for the sake of privacy.        

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