In Sierra Leone, Football Offers Hope To Amputees
Umer Jamshaid Published May 25, 2022 | 11:20 AM
Sheku Turay and others like him have found much-needed support and a new lease of life through his team of footballing amputees.
"Playing football makes me feel like an important person in society when I see spectators cheering us during matches," said 37-year-old Turay.
Doctors sacrificed his leg to save him from gangrene.
After a day's work as a tailor in a workshop in the sprawling Freetown suburb of Kamayama, Turay must struggle through piles of rocks and branches to his one-room hut on the mountainside, among the tin and cinderblock dwellings, carrying his prosthetic limb in a backpack.
"I don't depend on people for my survival like other disabled begging on the streets," he said proudly.