Sunday, 16 September 2012

The Glory of Sport

Single leg amputees playing football on a beach
in Sierra Leone

Not for these young men the splendour or glory of the Paralympics. No TV cameras projecting their feats across the globe; no stadiums full of appreciative supporters cheering on their sporting endeavours. 

These are the single leg amputee footballers of Sierra Leone. Years of civil wars have left a stark legacy in this West African country. Scores of thousands of people disabled, mainly, as a result of land mines indiscriminately seeded around the countryside.

This picture put the whole Paralympic and Olympic Games, bread and circuses into perspective for me. 

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