Syrian Boy Finds Healing from the Trauma of War through Judo | Camps to Champs


My name is Mohammed
and I am ten years old. Judo has helped me
in so many ways. Judo makes me strong.
Now I can defend myself. I’d like to represent Syria
in the Olympic Games. (CAMPS TO CHAMPS: THE POWER
OF SPORT FOR THE DISPLACED) (THESSALONIKI, GREECE) (GREECE HAS BEEN IN SEVERE
ECONOMIC CRISIS SINCE 2009) (THE COUNTRY IS ILL-EQUIPPED (TO DEAL WITH THE LARGE INFLUX
OF REFUGEES) (BUT DESPITE THIS, (GENEROSITY CAN STILL BE FOUND
AMONGST THE HARDSHIP) (FREEDOM TO IMMIGRANTS.
FREEDOM TO ALL OF US) When you leave your home
as a refugee, you can’t explain how bad
it is. It was so cold. It was terrible there. We were very unhappy
in the camp. The first time I saw Mohammed, he was a nice, sweet young boy who could be my son. He just followed his mum,
carrying as much as he could. Clothes, nothing more. (MOHAMMED AND HIS MOTHER (BECAME TRAPPED IN
THE INFORMAL CAMP AT IDOMENI) (THIS WAS AFTER
THE BORDER TO MACEDONIA (WAS CLOSED TO REFUGEES) People in Idomeni… The refugees there,
there are so many people. Staying out in the rain
and in the cold. That would be very hard
for them, especially for women and
young children. After discussing the matter, we decided together
to do something about that. We went to the office of the UN and there was a nice lady. She said that there were
some people who were asking for shelter. So we took them
and brought them to our home. I felt joy, joy in the heart that you’re doing
the right thing. And me also. Before, Mohammed was happy. But when we left and he could
see the fear in us, he started to cry. Then we were blessed
with this family, thank God. Before that, Mohammed
was struggling psychologically. We did introduce Mohammed
to judo because we used to take our son
to judo. He’s a boy who is eager
to learn, to experience new things. (INTERNATIONAL MATSUURA DOJO,
THESSALONIKI) (AVGERINOS, JUDO COACH) I feel strongly
about helping refugees as I come from
a refugee family. That’s why I want to train
every refugee who asks for my help. The first time I saw Mohammed, he was like an angel
with a broken heart. I wanted to protect him
and embrace him. I’m really happy and excited when I’m playing here with
my friend. I love judo because it teaches
me how to defend myself. He would come home and show us the moves
he had learnt, what the coach taught him. He was very happy. Judo has helped Mohammed because he has found
a family here. Judo brought our families
closer together. Myself especially as a mother
with Mohammed’s mother, we are so happy
with what our boys achieve. Judo and, in general,
sports unite people. It doesn’t matter
if you have the same language, the colour, religion,
where you come from. It doesn’t matter.

22 thoughts on “Syrian Boy Finds Healing from the Trauma of War through Judo | Camps to Champs

  1. Hi olympic i want to know if you are going to upload the official film of the 1952,1960,1972,1980,1984,1988 olympic summer games thanks

  2. Judo can mentally and physically break you but I do it for that moment when you execute the perfect throw and know exactly why you do it.

  3. Judo kann einem wirklich gut helfen glücklich zu sein. Aber warum heißt der Film:
    "Taekwondo Bringt Selbstvertrauen In Kinder" ? Er macht doch Judo.

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