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- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian philosopher & revolutionary

The Sad Side of the Football World Cup

By Sharda ten Hove on 14 June 2014

Football or Soccer World Cups tend to unite people, people come together from different backgrounds to support their country in the World Cup. And that is great, football brings people together. But unfortunately there is a very dark side to the 2014 world cup held in Brazil..

Since 2007 when Brazil was awarded the FIFA World Cup of 2014, the government installed a program to ‘pacify’ hundreds of slums. This program involved “cleaning the streets” of drug dealers but in this “cleaning operation” many innocent people and children have lost their lives.
Brazil police are thought to be responsible for the disappearing and killing of street children as well as killing innumerous innocent people during this operation.

Last week Maria de Fatima da Silva, 56, buried her only son Douglas Rafael, 26, a popular DJ and dancer after he was killed by police in the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela which overlooks Copacabana Beach. Police are thought to have mistaken him for a drug dealer.
Maria says: ‘The police told me he had fallen and died but when I saw his body in the morgue I found a bullet hole in his back. The only reason I got his body back was that people filmed the cops on cellphones. Otherwise he would have “disappeared” along with all the others.’ She adds: ‘There will be blood on the streets during the World Cup, be sure of it.’ (source Daily Mail UK)

This World Cup I am not watching, I am Dutch and heard this morning that my country played a victorious game but I can’t feel joy and I can’t close my eyes. I do understand that this is at the same time for many people all over the world a very important event and as I wrote earlier, it brings people together which is a joyful thing. However I can’t help but to feel sadness for all of these people who have been and still are, victims of such severe cruelty.

I hope that one day we will all join, countries and nations to stand up against violence and to extend the brotherhood that we feel during the World Cup, to those who can’t cheer with us now.

I hope that one day we will realize our true nature that we are indeed all brothers and sisters here to support and guide each other.




About the author

Sharda ten Hove

Founder, Ethical Vegan, Yogi, Social Activist

Sharda was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Descended from an Indian mother and Dutch father, she received a multi-cultural upbringing during which she gained a broad perspective on life.…  Read full bio