Gazans roll their stress away at new skatepark

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."