Bruce Benson  

Uganda Football Match by Bruce Benson

June 2020 - Uganda Football Match

About the Image(s)

Title: Uganda Football Match

I took this image in Gulu, Uganda. This is the area where the religious rebel Joseph Kony terrorized the children by kidnapping them and turning them into child soldiers.. A friend of mine from England organized the Kampala Kids League, and he expanded the program to include Gulu in the north of Uganda. Many of the people lived in IDP camps together because the rebels would attack them if they lived in the villages, and they were more protected living together in these camps. Those who stayed in their huts would send their children into Gulu every night to where they were protected by soldiers. For some, the walk was up to ten miles. They were very poor and had little equipment other than the tee shirts provided by KKL. Notice the boy with one shoe and sock.

Camera Data:
Canon 1D MK II Canon 100-400
F 7.1 1/640 ISO 500

Note from Administrator, according to a Google search:
IDP = Internally Displaced People
KKL = Jewish National Fund “ Kampala Kids League

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5 comments posted

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Bruce, thank you for showing us another sports photo. You can literally feel the excitement of the kids at the soccer game. We in our civilized western world, can hardly imagine the conditions under which children in African camps play their sport.   Posted: 06/01/2020 11:30:56

Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
What a great story and photo! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of sandlot soccer in Africa. These kids look like they can run all day. I especially like the context provided by the background. (Of course, it would be nice to see a little more of the faces.)   Posted: 06/06/2020 22:38:44

Dan Minto   Dan Minto
Hi Hans, another great image although I think as in most sports photos, it could have been cropped a bit tighter. I love the player with one sock and flip flop, shows that whatever we have in the world, sport can bring people together, especially where such hardship exists.   Posted: 06/08/2020 05:38:47

Diane Brown   Diane Brown
I think this photo is a spot on image of the story you have described. It is more of a commentary on the lives of the participants, the setting, and the times than a picture of a pickup game anywhere in the world. For me, it is PJ at its best.   Posted: 06/11/2020 18:05:28

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
The Mom in me instantly went "Where are their shin guards???"

This is definitely a group of kids playing for the love of a game and enjoying themselves.   Posted: 06/19/2020 07:20:37