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Reference : V-P-SS-E-01456
Date : 01/11/2018
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Caption : Juba, basketball stadium. Patients at the ICRC-supported physical rehabilitation facility participate in wheelchair basketball as part of a means of social inclusion.
Photographer : CLARK, Niki
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Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : They are coached by Jess Markt, ICRC’s Sports & Inclusion Advisor and his assistant, Malat. Malat was a young child when his family was forced to flee South Sudan, shortly after he contracted polio and lost the use of his legs. He grew up in an Ethiopian refugee camp, immigrated to the US at age 10 and discovered wheelchair basketball. Now he plays university-level wheelchair basketball in Arizona, after a successful stint playing professionally in France. Several years ago, Jess and Malat met at a tournament in New Mexico and their friendship was born. When Malat discovered that Jess was coaching in South Sudan, he pitched the idea of going with him to help coach athletes back in his home country. In November 2018, they did just that, fulfilling Malat’s dream of helping his fellow countrymen, by bringing the joy of wheelchair basketball to the newest country in the world.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5184x3456
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour