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2010.11.08

UNICEF contributes to Syria's Special Olympics

* Asset Duration: 02 min 50 secs
* Shoot City: Damascus
* Shoot Country: Syria
* Shoot Date: 29 Sep 2010


Special Olympics athlete Abdulhameed Naser is fairly new to the idea of sports for people with special needs.


SOUNDBITE: Abdulhameed Naser, Special Olympics Athlete [Arabic]
"I haven't been doing this for a long time because I didn't know that there were sports for people with special needs."


Now a swimmer, representing Syria at the 7th Middle East and North Africa Regional Special Olympics in Damascus, Syria, he only became aware of the opportunities available because of a previous similar event.


Raising awareness of the opportunities open to people with disability might only be one element fuelling UNICEF's partnership with the Special Olympics but it is an important one. Allowing young athletes like Abdulhameed and their families to feel a powerful sense of achievement and empowerment.


SOUNDBITE: Mrs. Nisreen Falyoon, Mother of Special Olympics Athlete Abdalla Falyoon [ARABIC]
"It's indescribable how it felt for me, I felt as if his talent came out. And I've known for ages that people who suffer brain paralysis are talented in many ways. Society often thinks kids with disability cannot really participate, but with events like this they prove themselves capable of achieving many things."


The 23 countries, 2,000 athletes, top-level patrons, including First Lady Asma al-Assad, and a host of regional and global partners, of which UNICEF is just one, demonstrates the renewed enthusiasm within the region for discussing the rights of people with disabilities.


The sporting events were, naturally, the key elements of the games – but as significant were the specialist health and training initiatives, including the UNICEF chaired Youth and Schools information session, that took place within the Forum held alongside the games.


Events that contributed to an incremental shift in attitudes – in particular the humanising of people with disabilities. A wide-ranging impact felt acutely by the bevy of Special Olympics volunteers.


SOUNDBITE: Douha Jumaa, Regional Special Olympics Volunteer [ARABIC]
"When they first told us that some kids with special needs will come and that we will be dealing with them, yes, I felt a little bit afraid because I have never dealt with them before. But as soon as you start talking to them, they take you as a friend and the barriers disappear."


UNICEF has enjoyed a partnership with the Special Olympics since 2007 – a relationship built on a shared desire to change negative attitudes towards children with disabilities.


Though challenges remain the emphatic nature of the 7th Middle East and North Africa Regional Special Olympics s

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