Syria – Displaced persons in Idlib camps excitedly watch 2022 World Cup opening ceremony
Location: Al-Tah camp – northern Idlib countryside – Syria
Source: A24 in Syria
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Displaced Syrians in Idlib countryside camps continue to struggle with the war and difficult economic conditions, but many of them watched with great excitement the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup and the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador held at Al Bayt Stadium, which is located 40 kilometers north of the Qatari capital, Doha.
Displaced persons in Al-Tah camp in northern countryside of Idlib, who await the World Cup every 4 years, expressed their happiness, praising the State of Qatar for its outstanding organization of the event.
The 2022 World Cup tournament began on Sunday in Qatar, and will continue until December 18, with the participation of 32 teams. The matches will be held in 8 world-class stadiums. Participating teams
were divided into 8 groups, 4 teams in each group, from different continents of the world.
- Soundbite (Abdul Salam Muhammad – Displaced in Al-Tah Camp):
“We residents of the camp have been following sports before coming to the camp. We will use all means to make sure to follow the 2022 World Cup, because Qatar is the first Arab country to host the World Cup. We will watch the World Cup tournament on mobile phone, although I wish we could watch it on large screens or in halls.”
- Soundbite (Abu Alaa Al-Homsi):
“This year, the World Cup is held in the State of Qatar and we in Idlib and the camps are watching the event with great joy. People everywhere are watching the World Cup. We are here watching it with a number of families and activists.”
- Shot of citizens in cafes watching the 2022 World Cup opening ceremony.
- Soundbite (Abdullah Hamid):
“I had hoped to go to Qatar to see watch the teams play, but the war and displacement prevented that, and so we are watching the World Cup on the internet and in cafes.”