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Reference : V-P-AF-E-01836
Date : 05/2011
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Kabul, ICRC orthopaedic centre. Patients playing basketball.
Photographer : BARRY, Jessica
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : It was Najmuddin, the Director of the ICRC's Orthopaedic Centre in Kabul, and himself a double amputee, who first suggested playing wheelchair basketball. It is now one of many activities going on at the ICRC Ortho Centres in Afghanistan that help people with disabilities live a full and active life. For Alberto Cairo, Head of the ICRC's Orthopaedic Programme, the basket ball sessions are more than just a game. "To those who say that in a place like Afghanistan basketball for disabled people is not a priority I answer: "watch a basketball game. You will see real athletes whose faces have a determined and joyful look. Can joy be denied?"

ICRC website, photo gallery, 29.12.2011

Original material : digital
Resolution : 4272x2848
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour