United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Turkey office’s Youth Center in Diyarbakır, which is run by UNFPA's impelenting partner Community Volunteers Foundation, organized a sports activity event branded as “Overhead kick for healthy tomorrows” on 18 October 2017. The main aim of this event is to enable social inclusion of the Syrian refugees into the local community they are all now part of. With this friendship match, the organizers hope to accomplish three goals: To have Syrian young men to take part in healthy activities; to open new ways for communication and interactions with the locals; to show that these sports activities can be considered more than just a hobby.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Women Empowerment Expert Gül Erdost said during the event that “We are aiming to build a bridge between Syrian refugees and locals by means of activities like these. Sports is a peaceful tool that unites people which is a common interest for both cultures. We would like to expand this activity that we did in Diyarbakır to all other provinces in Turkey.”
Psychologist Reyhan Ferzin İpekyüz from the Community Volunteers Foundation's Diyarbakır Youth Center, said that 144 young Syrian men played throughout out the football tournament that was organzied by the center in Diyarbakır. The main aim of the tournament, İpekyüz added, was to faciliate social inclusion and build a two-way communicaiton between the local Turkish citizents and the Syrian refugees residing in the area. The tournament ended with a friendship game, İpekyüz noted, and concluded that "Playing football helps young Syrian refugee men to improve their psychological and physical health"
enişehir Municipality Sports and Culture Services Manager along with Kayapınar Municipality Sports Services Manager attended the event in Diyarbakır.
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