With all the debate both about how war is photographed and about Africa is photographed, this African football tournament for amputees injured in war seems like an interesting story to tell as an alternative narrative.
Football is immensely popular in the continent, and sport is often used as a strong tool by which to help sustain the motivation of people to rebuild their lives after tragedy or hardship. It’s also something that’s universally understood.
Players from Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone are taking part.
Lindsay Maggs is making a documentary film about the tournament. I’d be interested to see that. I’d like to hope the WPP would be similarly interested in viewing it.