Football gives Colombian youth a chance

Youth programme offers the choice of a different life to children exposed to drugs and gangs.

    Hundreds of thousands of people live in violent slums dominated by criminal gangs in the Colombian capital Bogota.

    But a shantytown football programme has helped the youth to move away from the drug trafficking, killing and rape that is often a part of everyday life.

    Too much free time has made children in Colombia vulnerable to recruitment by gangs, but the football programme gives them another choice.

    Al Jazeera's Alessandro Rampietti reports from Altos de Cazuca.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Death at the dinner table

    Death at the dinner table

    Blake Sifton was born to a family of funeral directors. He explores the prevalence of mental illness in the profession.

    Assessing Trump: Is the president fit for office?

    Assessing Trump: Is the president fit for office?

    Experts discuss President Trump's mental state - and his effect on others.

    Why did Raila Odinga withdraw from the election rerun?

    Why did Raila Odinga withdraw from the election rerun?

    Odinga's withdrawal will not make Uhuru Kenyatta president. But it will give more time to prepare for the new vote.