Brazil holds first ‘Refugee World Cup’

SÃO PAULO — Brazil hosted its first-ever Refugee World Cup this week, with Nigeria taking a convincing win over Cameroon in the final.

Watch the video for interviews with refugee organisers and participants, and with the United Nations’ Luiz Fernando Godinho on Brazil’s nearly 7,000 refugees. (Click on caption button for English subtitles.)

Held over two days in the Sé area of São Paulo, organisers – most of them refugees – put together 16 football teams formed of refugees from countries including Syria, Bangladesh and Mali.

The event, which was supported by Caritas, the United Nations Refugee Agency and SESC, was held just days after Brazil approved a record number of refugee applications, the vast majority of which were Syrians.

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