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Desbon in the FURD Library
Desbon in the FURD Library

Desbon Bushiri

Desbon came to the UK from Burundi in 2000 as a refugee. He now lives in Sheffield and works for Football Unites, Racism Divides as Community Coach and Sports Development Worker. He is also the co-ordinator of the Sheffield All Nations League mainly formed by Refugee and Asylum Seekers.

As a young boy, the conflict of the civil war posed a particular threat to Desbon. Like any other civil war in Africa, groups of young people were victims and targeted. As one of the youngest boys of his community; Desbon was badly endangered by his country’s conflict. Fearing for his safety, and keen to protect their son, Desbon’s parents helped him escape to the neighbouring countries. Leaving behind his parents, brothers and sisters, Desbon sought refuge in Congo. However, when conflict broke out in Congo, he was forced to move again and this time escaped to England in July 2000.

After a week in London, Desbon was sent to live in Sheffield and has been granted indefinite stay here. He has been unable to return to see his family or friends back in Burundi since. Over the last seven years, Desbon has built a new life within the Sheffield community and made a huge contribution to the Football Unites, Racism Divides project.

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Always a massive football fan, Desbon was something of a football ‘superstar’ back home in Burundi and played for several teams. Arriving in Sheffield, a new city in a new country, Desbon did what came naturally to him. He went out to Mount Pleasant Park in Sharrow, Sheffield and started to kick a football about. It was not long before he met others playing there. Luis Silva, Football Unites' head coach spotted him playing and was impressed by his level of skills straight away. Desbon got involved with Football Unites, Racism Divides, playing for their community teams. Since then, Desbon has played for  Sheffield United and several semi-professional teams including Matlock Town, Worksop, Ossett Town and Kimberley Town.

Desbon has gained his Level 2 coaching qualification and is now working towards UEFA B level coaching. He works for Football Unites, Racism Divides as Positive Futures community coach funded by the Home Office via Crime Concern. He is responsible for co-ordinating tournaments such as the All Nations League; helping other people to play football and offer guidance and support for young people in the community.

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