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Empowering Refugees through Taekwondo

One of today’s biggest humanitarian crisis is happening in Syria, with a conflict that has been lasting for nearly five years. The protracted nature of the crisis is having a devastating effect on millions of ordinary people, as well as placing a huge burden on neighbouring countries that have so far taken in several millions of refugees.

Jordan Pilot Project

Jordan Pilot Project 2015

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Nine-year-old Syrian refugee Solaf draws with coloured pens at the caravan where she lives with her brother and parents at Azraq refugee camp. ; Nine-year-old Syrian refugee Solaf, became interested in Taekwondo after watching some children with white robes walk at the camp. Solaf practices Taekwondo to learn how to defend herself when her brother is not around. Photo credit: © UNHCR/Annie Sakkab

Meet Solaf from Syria

Solaf, 9 years old: “My name is Solaf and I’m from Bosra in Syria. I remember my house there. It was big with a brown door. There was a garden outside with olive trees, lemon trees, orange trees and apple trees. We planted basil, thyme, chamomile, parsley, eggplants and potatoes. A missile hit our roof […]

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World Taekwondo Federation to Allow Refugee Athletes to Compete at Rio 2016

WTF to Allow Refugee Athletes to Compete at Rio 2016

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) announced today that it is in the process of amending its rules to give refugee athletes a chance to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as part of its commitment to ensuring that taekwondo is accessible to all.

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Taekwondo Humanitarian Program to Assist Refugees Kicks off in Jordan

Taekwondo Humanitarian Program to Assist Refugees Kicks off in Jordan

The World Taekwondo Federation kicked off a new humanitarian program to assist refugees with a spectacular opening ceremony for a taekwondo academy in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp on December 1st, 2015. today.

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