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Reference : V-P-BR-E-00337
Date : 17/09/2016
Country/Region : BRAZIL
Caption : Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, House of Switzerland. Photographic exhibition organized by the ICRC entitled "Beyond barriers: sport and rehabilitation". Jess Markt, coach of the Afghan national men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams.
Photographer : NOGUEIRA, Valda
Person appearing :
MARKT, Jess (coach)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article, 06.09.2016: “Photographic exhibition and talks in Baixo Suíça show sport as an ally in the physical rehabilitation programme run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Rio de Janeiro/ICRC – With new injuries, a lack of high-quality medical care and even the collapse of essential services, war and armed violence cause more people to have disabilities. They also aggravate the challenges facing people with a disability, who already have fewer economic opportunities – and, very often, health problems – to cope with. As another humanitarian response to the needs of these victims, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) therefore set up a physical rehabilitation programme. And in some of the centres where we run rehabilitation and integration projects, a key ally is sport.
Overcoming difficulties is something people with disabilities do every day, all over the world. As with athletes training for a competition, it takes great effort and dedication to learn to live with their condition. Very often they have to learn all over again how to do ordinary, everyday activities such as walking, or picking things up. They also have to deal with the psychological impact, and with society's preconceived ideas about people with disabilities.
Some of their success stories, of challenges met with the help of the ICRC, will be illustrated in a photo exhibition and talks given by ICRC professionals in Baixo Suíça, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, starting on 9 September. Among those taking part in the event will be François Friedel, the head of the ICRC's physical rehabilitation project in Colombia.
"Sport is a key tool in promoting social inclusion for people with disabilities, because it helps change the community's perception of them. The focus shifts from their disabilities to their abilities", says Lorenzo Caraffi, ICRC Head of Delegation for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. [...]”
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