Disabled South Sudanese Men Are Rediscovering Purpose Through Wheelchair Basketball

Disabilities are still wrongly perceived by some as a limitation. Often, people with disabilites have to rely, not just on others, but on certain equipment such as crutches and wheelchairs, to go about their daily activities. But many of them do not see themselves as 'victims',  'confined to' their equipment. They are continuously pushing against the odds in many areas, including sports.

It is heartwarming to watch, for example, seeing people with disabilities playing basketball. This is what is happening in Juba, South Sudan, where a wheelchair tournament is taking place. The players are disabled young South Sudanese men, most of whom were injured in the Sudan civil war.

(Photo: The Seattle Times)

(Photo: The Seattle Times)

(Photo: Pulse)

(Photo: Pulse)

Training for the tournament, some of the players revealed that it was the first time they had been involved in sports. One of them is James Amoudit Makuei, a 19-year-old who traveled miles from his hometown of Yirol to be in the training and tournament. He said:

"I have never played basketball before. But I have learned a lot of things from the coaches here. And now I consider myself a basketball player."

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, their chief coach is Markt, an American who came from Colorado on the invitation of the Red Cross. Markt describes the experience as unforgettable, as the players forget about poverty and put aside their ethnic differences to unite as one team.

(Photo: The Star)

(Photo: The Star)

(Photo: The Red Cross via Youtube)

(Photo: The Red Cross via Youtube)

Read More -> This South African Is Making Horse Riding Champions Out Of Young People In Soweto

I write. I have fun. :D