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August 22, 2011 Updates

The house in Zaire was surrounded by death and danger. I couldn't help but think to myself that the United Nations should have stepped in and done something to keep peace. I always heard the phrase "Never Again" used in terms of the Nazi camps from World War II and the violence that came with that. I felt like this situation in Rwanda was no different and the UN should have intervened. Once I woke up, I headed downstairs to a Chinese restaurant where I proceeded to order about seven different things on the menu. It had been days since I had really eaten and ate all of the food that the waiter brought to the table. I had lost about 20 pounds during the trip. When I returned to Portland, The Oregonian had a front-page article about my trip. Tens of thousands of dollars were donated to the Northwest Medical Team because of the article, which had raised the awareness of the people in regard to the situation. NBA.com

July 22, 2011 Updates

UNICEF Brazzaville will host National Basketball Association star and Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Serge Ibaka, in a visit to the Republic of the Congo from July 22 to 24. During the visit, Ibaka will train with the national team and work with UNICEF to promote children’s rights to education, health and protection. “UNICEF is pleased to meet and work with Ibaka because he shares our commitment to improve the lives of children in Congo and elsewhere,” said Marianne Flach, UNICEF Representative. She said Ibaka’s visit is intended to highlight the daily challenges facing Congolese children including focusing attention on children’s education and protection. Look to the Stars

January 31, 2011 Updates

You're talking about starts, what are the plans and objectives of the African basketball? Amadou Fall: Our mission revolves around the development of basketball at its root. We must make this sport more accessible. Unlike football, which can be played anywhere with anything, basketball requires a ground ball, baskets and it is our role to get involved in the development of this infrastructure so that even in the remotest corners , kids can play basketball soon. As in my case, many players begin later in Africa (at 16) and lose a lot of years because they have not been exposed to basketball before. Our efforts also concentrate on developing local expertise; we are investing a lot to organize seminars to train staff (coaches, referees). We also hope that viewers have the opportunity to see NBA games. We do a lot of effort so that our meetings are broadcast on national television in Africa. Young people are very attracted by basketball but also by the "lifestyle around the sport. StarAfrica.com

What changes have you noticed since you took office as head of the NBA Africa? Amadou Fall: This year we are meeting all the records, we will soon be present on the entire African continent in one way or another. This is due to long-standing agreements that we have with partners such as Canal +, ESPN, Al Jazeera or Company C Africa covering many countries. Last week for example I could see the Lakers game against Dallas in a bar in Nairobi Kenya and I think it's great because it brings together people of basketball. StarAfrica.com

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