Working grant - CC—Who extracts the value of Nigerian football players?
Once in Europe, they are abandoned after parting with their family’s life savings. Of those who are lucky enough to actually make it to any trials, the ones that fail are abandoned by the agents who no longer see their economic value.
They are left with no money, too ashamed to let their families back at home know the truth. They overstay their visa and become destitute on the streets of Europe.
With this staggeringly high number of trafficked children, it is surprising that Foot Solidaire is the only organisation in the whole of Europe specifically set up to help...
This working grant was funded through Journalismfund.eu's Connecting Continents programme. The investigation was carried out by a cross-border team comprising of Yemisi Akinbobola, Paul Bradshaw and Ogechi Ekeanyawu; with additional work by David Blood, Leila Haddou, Caroline Beavon, and members of Hacks/Hackers Birmingham.
The project was nominated for the CNN African Journalists Awards 2016.
Photo © Phil Hilfiker
A Connecting Continents working grant of €6,300 was allocated on 23rd September 2015.