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Begovic talks about fleeing war as Everton highlight plight of refugees and asylum seekers

Everton players Asmir Begovic and Kenza Dali have explained how they have been shaped by their life experiences and faith at an event to highlight how the club and its official charity support refugees and asylum seekers asylum through its All Together Now campaign. Last week’s ‘Everton Welcomes’ event highlighted the programs and services available through Everton in the community and other Merseyside organizations for those who have been displaced or forced to leave their country due to war, persecution or disaster.

As a member of All together now campaign, the event also marked the end of Ramadan and guest speakers Begovic and Dali explained to those in attendance what the month means to them and outlined some of the challenges of fasting as professional footballers. Guests included representatives from Everton, Everton in the Community and Everton Free School, Everton Fans’ Forum and Evertonians Against Hate, Liverpool City Council’s Refugee and Asylum Seeker Resettlement Scheme “Our Liverpool” and local refugees.

Begovic’s family fled the war in Bosnia when he was four, eventually settling in Germany and later in Canada. Now 34, the goalkeeper is an ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency and is keen to raise awareness about the plight of displaced people around the world.

Chris Beesley has the full story, here.

Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (Image: Visionhaus/Getty Images)
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