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Far from Rio, a paralympic race in besieged Syrian town

Disabled Syrian men, who sustained injuries in shelling and bombardment, compete in a makeshift wheelchair race in the rebel-held town of Douma, on September 8, 2016Thousands of miles from the Rio Paralympics, a small group of wheelchair-bound Syrians lined up at the start of a race in the besieged town of Douma. The unusual event was organised Thursday by the local Wafa Association, an NGO that assists handicapped people living in the rebel-held town, an opposition stronghold near the capital Damascus. Surrounded by government troops since 2013, and subject to relentless regime shelling, Douma is not the likeliest spot for a makeshift wheelchair race.

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