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20 August 2014 : From Huish Park To War-Torn Iraq - A Tale Of A Football Shirt
The majority of people who wear football shirts do so because it is the club that they support with pride. In another part of the world, they wear such shirts as a vital piece of clothing, to keep them warm, or to keep the heat of the sun off their backs.

Around 2,500 miles away from Huish Park, the world is a very different place, with countries experiencing war and poverty in equal measure. In Iraq, the Islamic State terrorists are attempting to drive out communities based on their faith or religion. One such community is the Yazidi people, who are Kurdish-speaking people, who occupied Northern Iraq as an ethnic minority, now being forced to leave their homes or risk death.

On Channel 4 News last night, they reported on a group of Yazidi people trying to escape from Iraq, across the border into Syria. One of the people they featured was pictured wearing a Yeovil Town shirt - a recent W&S Recycling home design covered in dust and dirt, but doubtless seen as just another piece of clothing for a man whose priority was to save his own life, rather than to support a relatively obscure club in England.

The unnamed Yazidi man almost certainly obtained the football shirt through various charity appeals that ask for unwanted football shirts to be provided for distribution to those living in poverty, or have lost their homes in other countries. Food for thought for the next time you pull on your Yeovil Town shirt, and consider what you will be doing during the day that you spend wearing it.

A Yazidi man prepares to flee his home in Iraq, wearing a Yeovil Town shirt
A Yazidi man prepares to flee his home in Iraq, wearing a Yeovil Town shirt.
Photo c/o Channel 4 News/Ryan Hemmings



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