ICRC programme offers hope to landmine victims

We look at the Physical Rehabilitation Programme of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which received a €100,000 cheque donated by UEFA on Tuesday.

For those injured by landmines in Afghanistan, football is a pathway to hope and offers the possibility of a brighter future.

The Physical Rehabilitation Programme of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) gives them the chance to participate by providing artificial limbs, physiotherapy and vocational training. The programme is supported by UEFA, who on Tuesday made a €100,000 donation via members of the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2014.

"Since I started playing football, I feel better physically and mentally," said 20-year-old Nangyali, a landmine victim. "Everyone loves something in their lives and my love is football; it saves me from being depressed and sad. When I play football, I feel like a normal player. My favourite player is Lionel Messi. I cannot take his place but I always try to play like him."

"Football is a group game," added fellow athlete Mohammad Musa, who also gets the opportunity to play through the programme in Kabul. "Being in a group with people helps us become more social, especially those who are a little shy. When they start talking with others who play in the team, they feel better."

To see more from the Physical Rehabilitation Programme in Kabul, click on the video above.