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"Our love of football prevails": Skills and Street Football in Jordan

Our Jordanian camera comes from the neighbourhood of Hashem Shemali, in East Amman. We spoke with our young photographer Abdelrahman Hasan al Attar on the photos he took of street football in his community.

"Our love of football prevails": Skills and Street Football in Jordan

Our Jordanian camera comes from the neighbourhood of Hashem Shemali, in East Amman. We spoke with our young photographer Abdelrahman Hasan al Attar on the photos he took of street football in his community.

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What did you take photos of?

The photos show kids from different families in my neighbourhood playing street football. Many have Palestinian heritage. Some of them are my cousins. Everyone wanted to be in the photos and look cool.

Where were the photos taken?

The photos were taken in the neighbourhood of Hashem Shemali, in East Amman. It's historically a refugee area and has more poverty than West Amman.

What did you try to show with the photos? Was there any wider meaning with the photos?

The photos are meant to show that even without proper football pitches and regardless of the environment we can adapt and our love of football prevails!

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Why is football so important for Jordan and Jordanians? What role does football play in Jordanian society?

Football is easily accessible and you do not need a lot of equipment. The rules are simple and universal, everyone can agree.

All people love football and Jordan has people who originally come from many different places. Even though they came to Jordan for different reasons, everyone loves football and can play together. Football is also a good way to kill time, keep people out of trouble and stay fit.

The national team isn't very good, but we love to watch Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Clasico!

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