Not just a game, but a game-changer for thousands in Afghanistan

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Years of conflict, violence and desperate hardships have made life almost unbearable in Afghanistan.

Landmines, once scattered across the country, have robbed thousands of their ability to do the most basic of things like being able to move around freely. While preventable childhood diseases, such as polio, have meant countless children have faced a daily struggle to simply be able to walk.

But through our physical rehabilitation programmes across Afghanistan, adults and children alike are getting the chance to feel whole again, and for many, to play the game that they love – football.

Changing lives through football

Facing life with a disability can be extremely challenging.

At the ICRC-supported rehabilitation centre in Kabul, football is helping people to meet others who experience similar daily struggles and find strength within themselves. It is also helping people to regain their sense of self belief.

These are some of their stories.

Rebuilding the damage conflict leaves behind

For decades, the ICRC has supported rehabilitation projects in Afghanistan, helping thousands of people thousands of people to regain their mobility, reintegrate into their communities, and rebuild their lives.

In 2014



people were provided with artificial limbs.



people received physical rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy.

In 2015



people have benefitted from our physical rehabilitation services.



new patients that need help have been registered.


The Team of the Year supports landmine victims and disabled people in Afghanistan. Since 2008, players selected by the Team of the Year award have offered their award to the ICRC.

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Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2014, handing over a cheque on behalf of UEFA.