Unfortunately, not all the stories have good endings.
The Good: The World Cup isn't the only tournament going on in South Africa this summer. In Atteridgeville, the South African World Peace Cup began on June 5th, involving 26 teams from different nations.
Damietta Peace Initiative, a Franciscan inter-religious peace organization that has had success using
"bring about value change through the immediate experience of the 'other' as a human being with unique qualities and skills."You can read more on the Peace Cup here.
The Bad: A man in South Africa killed while trying to watch the World Cup on TV.
As reported by iol.co.za, David Makweya, 61, was stabbed and received severe head injuries at his home Sunday night while attempting to watch the Germany-Australia game. Apparently the death was a result of an argument: his family wanted to watch a Gospel show, according to sources.
You can read more here.
The Ugly: During the one month period of the World Cup, it is estimated that 40,000 prostitutes and sex workers will be imported into South Africa. [sacbc.org.za]
South Africa is recognised internationally as a 'hot spot' for human trafficking – being a country of origin, transition and destination for trafficking – and there is the fear that trafficking of women and children will increase significantly during the World Cup.You can read more here.
These events shouldn't depress or detract you from watching the World Cup. Rather they serve as a reminder of the humanity and the issues that still go on behind the scenes.
Human traffiking photo from Tampa Bay Informer.