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Reference : V-P-AF-E-01837
Date : 05/2011
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Kabul, ICRC orthopaedic centre. Patients during a basketball training session.
Photographer : BARRY, Jessica
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery, 29.12.2011

Last May, wheelchair basketball player and coach, Jess Markt conducted a week-long training session for patients at the ICRC's Orthopaedic Centre in Kabul. The patients had been playing basketball together for some time, but it was more like 'buzkashi' – the ferocious no-holds-barred local equivalent of polo – than basketball, according to Alberto Cairo, head of the ICRC's Orthopaedic programme.
For Alberto, the basketball 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 match. You will see real athletes whose faces have a determined and joyful look. Can joy be denied?"

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