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“The only thing you need is courage!”

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© UNICEF Mozambique/2013/Elina Penttinen
“When I do sports I forget everything else – I only focus on the moment,” explains Satique Selemane, a 19-year old student from the EPC Gêlo in Angoche, Nampula.

“When I do sports I forget everything else – I only focus on the moment,” explains Satique Selemane, a 19-year old student from the EPC Gêlo in Angoche, Nampula. “I especially like to play team games like football and volleyball with my friends – even though I cannot play like the others.”

When Satique was only three years old he accidentally fell into a fire. He was taken to a hospital but despite a long stay in intensive care, he lost his hands and feet. This hasn’t stopped Satique from going to school or participating in the Physical Education classes: he is able to walk and run with shoes on and to write holding the pen tightly between his arms. ”He is a very intelligent student,” confirms José Boaventura, the Director of his school. “Participating in the sports activities has been very important to him.”

In the future, Satique Selemane would like to be a Physical Education teacher. “Do I think it will be difficult? No, I don’t! The only thing that might be challenging is financing the studies: my family is quite poor.” Satique wants to encourage all children and young people with disabilities to practice sports and to study. “The only thing you need is courage!”

For further information, please contact:

Patricia Nakell, UNICEF Mozambique,
Tel: +258 82 312 1820; Email: pnakell@unicef.org

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique
Tel. (+258) 21 481 100; Email: maputo@unicef.org

 

 
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