Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Didier Drogba and the Ivorian civil war - Football Rebels - Al Jazeera English

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Didier Drogba and the Ivorian civil war

As the global sporting world lurches from one corruption scandal to the next, former Manchester United star Eric Cantona presents the stories of five football heroes whose social conscience led them to challenge unjust regimes, join opposition movements and lead the fight for democracy and human rights. Football Rebels looks at a side of football that does not always make the headlines.
For popular sportsman Didier Drogba football is more than just mass entertainment - it is about honour and doing what is right.
"Society is so sick that courage now seems exceptional. Walking all over other people, crushing other men, that's what should shock us. Being an idol ... shouldn't prevent you from looking reality in the face. Being a man ... is far more important than being a champion."
- Eric Cantona
Drogba was at the height of his career when his country, the Ivory Coast, was being destroyed by civil war.
"I left Cote d’Ivoire with a certain image: It was beautiful, its streets were lovely, there was greenery everywhere and people were happy. And when I came back a few years later, I saw a real change. That's when I started asking myself questions," Drogba says.

Using his fame as a tool for social change Drogba decided to act to save his country by appealing to politicians, warring factions and his own people for peace.

After Didier Drogba helped the Ivory Coast team qualify for the 2006 World Cup, he challenged President Gbagbo to end the civil war. He made a desperate plea to the combatants, asking them to lay down their arms, a plea which was answered with a ceasefire after five years of civil war........
FULL ARTICLE: Didier Drogba and the Ivorian civil war - Football Rebels - Al Jazeera English

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