There are an estimated 245,000 Somalis living in the Dadaab refugee camp in north-east Kenya. Life in the camp is tough but one new – and surprising –initiative is starting to make quite an impact.
SPORT & GIRLS:
Sport in the camp is important. It keeps the youngsters healthy and occupied amid the monotony. But very few girls were involved, partly because the mainly Muslim refugees were opposed to girls playing games.
CLOTHING FOR GIRLS:
But that is changing now that special sports clothing has been designed for the girls which meets religious requirements. They wear an hijab to cover their hair and a long-sleeved tunic and loose ankle-length trousers. We report on life in the camp and how many of the girls have now taken to volleyball, netball and handball.
A Sporting Chance won “Best Creative Documentary” at the Association of International Broadcasters Awards. The film won through in an event dominated by major broadcasters from around the world. The Judges said: “It was a very interesting social subject with balanced treatment of the different sides. It had accurate and attentive editing and was highly relevant to international TV audiences well beyond the borders of Somalia.”
This film is part of the 28 x 25-minute documentary series “Survivor’s Guide” produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.