Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies mentioned he hopes to enhance support for refugees all over the world after turning into the primary footballer to be appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Davies was born to Liberian dad and mom in a refugee camp in Ghana, the place he spent 5 years earlier than transferring to Canada.
The 20-year-old joined Bayern in 2018 and performed a key position within the facet that received the Champions League and Bundesliga titles final season.
“My own experiences make me want to speak up for refugees, to share their stories and to help make a difference,” Davies mentioned in a press release on the Bayern web site.
“I want individuals to know concerning the significance of serving to refugees, wherever they’re, in camps or cities, in neighbouring nations or nations of resettlement similar to Canada.
“Refugees need our support to survive, but also access to education and sports, so they can fulfil their potential and truly thrive.”
Davies mentioned he was grateful his dad and mom had fled from Liberia in the course of the civil warfare and that he wished his story to encourage refugees.
“In that situation there are only two opportunities, either be part of the war or get out,” Davies was quoted as saying by the BBC.
“My dad and mom had no intention of carrying weapons and taking pictures weapons. I’m comfortable they selected to get out.
“I will never forget where I came from and I want my story to give hope and excitement for other refugees to say, if he can do it, I can do it too.”