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Task Force Darby aids boys in Cameroon
Service Members provide food, soccer balls and moral support to the boys of Saare Jabbama
Spc. Ryan Worwood of Task Force Darby and 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, plays soccer with the boys of the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. Fourteen service members assisted the TF Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released)
3 photos: Task Force Darby aids boys in Cameroon
Photo 1 of 3: Spc. Ryan Worwood of Task Force Darby and 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, plays soccer with the boys of the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. Fourteen service members assisted the TF Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released) Download full-resolution version
Sgt. Adrian Cordova, Task Force Darby mail clerk, and a young boy of the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center for boys carry food donated by American soldiers and civilians, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. Fourteen service members assisted the TF Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released)
3 photos: Task Force Darby aids boys in Cameroon
Photo 2 of 3: Sgt. Adrian Cordova, Task Force Darby mail clerk, and a young boy of the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center for boys carry food donated by American soldiers and civilians, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. Fourteen service members assisted the TF Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released) Download full-resolution version
Fourteen service members assisted the Task Force Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls to the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released)
3 photos: Task Force Darby aids boys in Cameroon
Photo 3 of 3: Fourteen service members assisted the Task Force Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls to the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released) Download full-resolution version
Spc. Ryan Worwood of Task Force Darby and 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, plays soccer with the boys of the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. Fourteen service members assisted the TF Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released)
Sgt. Adrian Cordova, Task Force Darby mail clerk, and a young boy of the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center for boys carry food donated by American soldiers and civilians, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. Fourteen service members assisted the TF Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released)
Fourteen service members assisted the Task Force Darby Civil Affairs Team with delivering food, soccer nets and soccer balls to the Saare Jabbama youth rehabilitation center, Dec. 23, Garoua, Cameroon. TF Darby soldiers are serving in a support role for the Cameroon military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram. (U.S. Army Africa Photo by Staff Sgt. Christina Turnipseed/Released)

GAROUA, Cameroon – In Task Force Darby’s efforts to support the Cameroonian military’s fight against the violent extremist organization Boko Haram, other humanitarian opportunities often present themselves.

One such opportunity was for a civil affairs-led team from Darby, made up of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division; 806th Adjutant General Detachment; Civil Affairs Team 4032 and other service members to provide food, soccer balls and moral support to the boys of Saare Jabbama.

Saare Jabbama it is a youth rehabilitation center for boys ages eight to 18.

According to Capt. Scott Wyly, the CAT 4032 commander, many of the boys living at the center either can't find jobs, can't find their parents or are homeless.

“The Civil Affairs team has had a strong relationship with the center for the last couple years and visits the center on a monthly basis. Private donors from the United States frequently send donations for the CA team to give to the children at Saare Jabbama,” Wyly said.

Some of the Soldiers cited a love for giving as the motivation behind volunteering for the humanitarian mission.

“Giving to the boys' home was the best feeling for me,” said Sgt. Adrian Cordova, a mail clerk assigned to the 806th Adjutant General Detachment.

“It was great to be able to see the excitement and smiles on their faces when we arrived. Playing soccer with the boys was an even greater feeling,” Cordova said.

Sgt. John Marshall, who is also a mail clerk with the 806th Adjutant General Detachment, described similar feelings about the visit.

“I wanted to give back to other families and children that are less fortunate than I am," he said. "I feel really blessed to be able to help others in their time of need. I know what it's like to hit rock bottom. So for me, it is a blessing to give back.”

Spc. Ryan Worwood of the1-87 IN stated his reason is a general love for children.

“I’ve always wanted to do this since I got here,” he said. “I love little kids a lot. So, it was no surprise to my family that I volunteered.”

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