Published on 25th June 2018 by

Down and Out: In Panama’s poorest areas, poverty and gang violence threaten the future of young people. But Panamanians hope that the national football team’s participation at the World Cup will be a catalyst for positive change.

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“Panama is going to the World Cup!”, shouts commentator David Samudio, as Panama secure qualification for the first time. Blighted by poverty and gang violence, the World Cup provides much needed good news for Panamanians. For Roman Torres, scorer of the goal that secured Panama’s qualification, this moment could change the country. “In some countries football has changed the whole country. And I have faith that the same could happen in Panama.”

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