Boko Haram refugees get Israeli-funded soccer league

Israel’s envoy to Nigeria funds refugee children’s soccer league with Independence Day fund.

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Israel’s ambassador to Nigeria donated the embassy’s fund for an Independence Day celebration to establish a soccer league in the African nation for refugee children.

Ambassador Guy Feldman canceled the embassy’s Yom Haatzmaut reception and set up the league for 225 children who escaped the Boko Haram terrorist organization, Ynet reported. The embassy provided uniforms, balls and coaches, according to Ynet.

“Our intention was to bring a message of hope to the children, which is also the Zionist message,” Feldman told Hebrew-language site.

He named the league Israel cares — Kids’ Football League.

The participants are aged 8 to 12 and live in refugee camps in the state of Adamawa, on the border with Cameroon.