Paralympic refugee sports liven Syrian boy's dark past

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Syrian refugee Najib Alhaj training for Paralympic sports in Athens, Greece. PHOTO: UNifeed

The first ever Paralympic refugee sports team is providing refugees with disabilities a new way to heal from their traumatic experiences.

Paralyzed from the waist down by a bomb attack on his home in Syria, 13-year-old Najib Alhaj found out about the UN Refugee Agency, or UNHCR-supported training squad in the Greek capital, Athens, after fleeing Syria with his family.

Two years on and Najib is now part of the team, developing his full sporting potential, despite his injuries.

Natalie Hutchison has the story.

Duration: 2’14″

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