7 May 2009
Thousands of Palestine refugee football fans gathered across the region last night to witness a moment of historic proportions as the Palestine National Team competed valiantly against Belgium team FC Molenbeek Brussels in a friendly match dubbed "Goal for Peace."
Closer to home, the live broadcast was shown in the outdoor yard of Jarmak School in Yarmouk, Mr. Ali Mustafa, Director-General of the General Authority for Palestine Refugees, Lisa Gilliam, Acting Director of UNRWA in Syria, dozens of Palestine refugee youth and UNRWA staff cheered on the Palestine National Team. This event was one of many planned for 2009-2010 to pay tribute to six decades of UNRWA achievement.
The event saw emotions running high amongst spectators, most of whom were relishing in their first opportunity to see their national team play live. Although the Palestine National Team fought determinedly, victory narrowly eluded them in the second half of the match, scoring only three goals to the Belgians’ four.
Supported by member states of the European community, the event was incorporated into the broader 'EU–UNRWA Partnership for Peace and Humanity’ initiative.
In addition to the excitement generated by this match in Yarmouk, 7,000 people gathered in Brussels to promote sport as a tool for development and peace. Proceeds generated from a performance by Sabreen, a popular Palestinian musical group, will go directly to support the UNRWA Scholarship Endowment Fund.
Watching the match in Yarmouk Camp
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