Gazan taekwondo team dreams big despite blockade
STORY: This young taekwondo team dreams
of leaving their home in the Gaza strip
to participate in international championships
Location: Khan Younis, Gaza
The ‘Funoun group’ combines acrobatics,
gymnastics and traditional taekwondo moves
The team's coach says they
lack equipment and funding
(Basil Abu Shammala, Trainer)
"Our aim is to participate in championships outside Palestine. We received invitations to participate in international championships but due to the blockade in Gaza we couldn’t participate. We hope that one day we can participate in our first international championship."
The Israeli-led blockade in Gaza has restricted
the movement of people and goods for years
(Mohammad Assaqa, Trainee)
"Our dreams and goals are always quashed. We're always hopeful to participate in a championship, and then there's a sudden closure of the border crossings which means we can't go and cannot participate in international championships, and it stops us from fulfilling our dreams."