AFC President stresses commitment to supporting refugees

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Kuala Lumpur, June 18 (BNA): President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Deputy FIFA President, Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, has reiterated AFC’s commitment to supporting refugees and adopting programnmes and plans aimed at their integration within Asian communities.
In a statement marking the World Refugee Day, AFC chief said that about 37,000 refugees have benefitted from the Social Responsibility activities launched by AFC Dream Asia Foundation and its partners.
He said: ““Football has the ability to inspire hope and it has the power to reach out to communities who need it most. On World Refugee Day, it is our responsibility to remember that football can be used for good and to educate and empower people.”
“Through the AFC Dream Asia Foundation, the AFC has made an impact on the lives of so many refugees and the good work with our partners must continue. I must thank those who have shared our mission, but we can still do more to bring good and hope to people,” he added.
“With one of the AFC’s Mission statements to use football for social development – the AFC Dream Asia Foundation has made a difference in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Palestine, Bangladesh and Malaysia – and more initiatives are planned in the future,” AFC said on its website.
“The AFC’s biggest project has been with the Rohingya refugees in both Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh – with the support of Coaches Across Continents, UNHCR, International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent and the English Football Association - and in Malaysia with the backing of UNHCR, JREC and Football Association of Malaysia,” AFC added.