Inclusion through sport for mentally disabled refugees

Forum in the Netherlands to unite refugee athletes and experts

12 January, 19:02

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, JANUARY 12 - About 7.7 million refugees worldwide are disabled, and of these, over a half million are mentally disabled, according to the World Health Organization.

    It said sport can be a fundamental key to bringing these people, who live on the margins of a population that is already marginalised, back into society.

    This premise is the basis for a forum titled "On the Margins", taking place in Amsterdam on January 22 and 23.

    The event, publicised on the website Beyond Sport, is being sponsored by the Special Olympics, the international organisation that organises training and events worldwide for people with disabilities, and is supported by the European Union.

    The event in Amsterdam will bring together international experts on refugees, on people with intellectual disabilities, and on those who use sport to work with the disabled.

    The forum is part of a series of events organised by the Special Olympics for its 50th anniversary in 2018.

    It will bring to light some of the organisation's best practices and programming models, as well as contributions from other associations, for working towards the inclusion of mentally disabled refugees through sport.

    Refugees and migrants both with and without disabilities and their families are expected to speak at the event about their experiences with sport as a key to inclusion.

    Abdullah Amir and Mina Bahgat, both refugees from the Middle East who have participated in sporting events, are scheduled to speak, as well as Gerald Mballe, a refugee from Cameroon who will participate in the Special Olympics in Italy.(ANSAmed).

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