While most footballers were taking a rest last month, Johan Djourou headed to Africa for a very special cause.

The Swiss defender is an Ambassador for the Kemi Malaika Foundation in Senegal, a project set up by Johan's agent to help give children a better education.

In part one of this free video feature, Johan talks about the Foundation and pays a visit to Goree Island - a place with harrowing memories for African people.

Look out for part two of Johan's trip to Senegal on Arsenal Player on Tuesday.

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