Friday, August 12, 2005

Goalkeepers of Sierra Leone

A World in Your Ear broadcast today extracts from The Goalkeepers of Sierra Leone (first broadcast on CBC last September).

Twenty one-legged men play in the two teams, just opposite the building housing the UN special court in Freetown. The two goalkeepers have a hand each. All the players had their limbs amputated in the civil war (in which about 50,000 died and, if I recall correctly, some roadblocks were marked with intestines from recently dispatched civilians stretched across the path).

Jabatie Mumbu, one of the goalkeepers, talks about the importance of not being sad, and just getting on with life.

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