Alphonso Davies recently became the first footballer to be named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency and the Bayern Munich defender is optimistic of boosting support for refugees around the world.
Davies, who was born to Liberian parents in a refugee camp in Ghana joined Bayern back in 2018 and won the Uefa Champions League and Bundesliga title with the German giants last season.
“My own experiences make me want to speak up for refugees, to share their stories and to help make a difference,” said Davies.
“I want people to know about the importance of helping refugees, wherever they are, in camps or cities, in neighbouring countries or countries of resettlement such as Canada.
“Refugees need our support to survive, but also access to education and sports, so they can fulfil their potential and truly thrive,” added Davies, who spent five years in a refugee camp.
The 20-year-old went on to state that he was grateful his parents had fled from Liberia during the civil war and that he wanted his story to inspire refugees.
“In that situation, there are only two opportunities, either be part of the war or get out,” said Davies as quoted by the BBC.
“My parents had no intention of carrying guns and shooting guns. I am happy they chose to get out.
“I will never forget where I came from and I want my story to give hope and excitement for other refugees to say, if he can do it, I can do it too.”
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By FARPost Reporter