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MOSUL, IRAQ (DECEMBER 28, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DISABLED PLAYERS GETTING READY FOR TRAINING VARIOUS OF DISABLED PLAYERS WARMING UP ON VOLLEYBALL COURT VARIOUS OF PLAYERS DURING VOLLEYBALL TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISABLED VOLLEYBALL TEAM MEMBER AND TAXI DRIVER, HISHAM ABDULKHALIQ, SAYING: "After my injury, the world couldn't stop. One had to move and not let despair take hold of me because even though I lost a part of my body, my life couldn't stop. So I joined the team so I can keep moving my body and [hopefully] leave a mark with the team." VARIOUS OF TEAM TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISABLED PLAYER AND TAXI DRIVER, HISHAM ABDULKHALIQ, SAYING: "Our society looks at those who are injured or disabled like there's something wrong with him. I have ended that sort of talk from my life, I don't think there's something wrong, it's just God took my leg away, but that won't be a disability that will stop my life, never!" VARIOUS OF ABDULKHALIQ WALKING THROUGH DESTROYED BUILDINGS WHERE HE WAS INJURED (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISABLED PLAYER AND TAXI DRIVER, HISHAM ABDULKHALIQ, SAYING: "This place has a lot of memories. I can't say they are good memories or tragic ones. My injury was here in this place and as you can see, our homes have become rubble. I don't know what to say but may God rebuild it." VARIOUS OF ABDULKHALIQ WALKING THROUGH RUBBLE AND SITTING NEAR DESTROYED BUILDINGS WHERE HE WAS INJURED VARIOUS OF TEAM TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISABLED TEAM MEMBER AND MEMBER OF IRAQI DISABLED NATIONAL TEAM, ALY, SAYING: "It makes a difference psychologically from when I would stay at home. Here, I come and see my friends, I train and get fit. Sometimes I go to tournaments, many tournaments in Baghdad. It has changed me a lot and added a lot to my life after what happened to me." VARIOUS OF TWO MEN ON WHEELCHAIRS TRAINING PLAYERS TRAINING HEAD OF ARAB ANDALUSIAN YOUTH FORUM AND COACH WATCHING TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF ARAB ANDALUSIAN YOUTH FORUM, MOATAZ ABDULRAZZAQ, SAYING: "We have the intention of opening special institutions for the disabled because Mosul has become a city that has a lot of disabled people as a result of the military operations and the Islamic State's terrorist gangs." VARIOUS OF DISABLED PLAYERS DURING TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISABLED PLAYER AND TAXI DRIVER, HISHAM ABDULKHALIQ, SAYING: "My dream is to participate in international tournaments so I can lift Nineveh and Mosul's name high." VARIOUS OF ABDULKHALIQ AT HOME WITH HIS CHILDREN
Dateline: 2020

Mosul War Victims Find Solace In Volleyball Despite Disability

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By: Reuters

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