STORY: These Gazans are relieving stress
Initially built in 2019, this
skatepark was recently expanded
by the Italian Center for Cultural Exchange
26-YEAR-OLD SKATEBOARD TRAINER FROM GAZA, RAJAB AL-RIFI, SAYING:
"In the beginning it was difficult because we didn't have facilities or the opportunity to skate, even skateboards were not available in Gaza, even until today. We only had a mini wooden ramp that was built by the Italians, but because we continued to skate, we received a lot of support and were able to build this place."
The skatepark offers young Palestinians an escape
26-YEAR-OLD SKATEBOARD TRAINER, RAJAB AL-RIFI, SAYING:
"I really like to help children and young people, and to make them experience the same feeling that I used to feel, since I live in Gaza, which is the biggest prison. I feel stressed most of the time, but I feel free and revived through skateboarding."
Some aim for a higher
level of competition
19-YEAR-OLD SKATER, BILAL AL-TURK, SAYING:
"My performance is good, I have been skating for four years now, and my only dream is to go to Europe and compete in international tournaments."