Roma to auction special edition football shirts to benefit Afghan refugees

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AS Roma players will wear the shirts in their Serie A fixture against Sassuolo before they are auctioned off.

AS Roma players will wear special edition jerseys in their Serie A match against Sassuolo on Sunday to show their support for the Afghan people, which will then be auctioned off to raise funds for the refugees.

The shirts will feature the logo of the United Nations refugee agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on the sleeve.

An auction will then be organized for the shirts worn in the match, and all proceeds will be donated to UNHCR initiatives to help the Afghan people.

The club said on its website that the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has caused 570,000 people to flee their homes this year and left 3.5 million people currently displaced, 80 percent of whom are women and children.

“Despite the incredibly difficult circumstances, UNHCR chose to stay in Afghanistan – a country where we have worked for over 40 years – in order to provide assistance and save lives,” said Chiara Cardoletti, UNHCR’s representative for the country. ‘Italy, the Holy See and San Marino.

“This year alone, we have provided more than 240,000 people with essential survival items, but the need for such items is increasing by the hour and the funds available are woefully insufficient. At times like this, even a small contribution can make a huge difference.

(Reuters)


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