Middle East - North Africa

 Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa is one of the Special Olympics’ global seven regions. Comprising 22 Arab states, along with Iran,  SOMENA has been exerting throughout the past ten years, the region managed to increase the scores of its athletes from 20 thousand in 2001 up to 150 thousand in 2010.

Stories from Middle East-North Africa


March 08, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: United Arab Emirates

Stop possessive use of eponym - See the change

By Rincy Joseph

i will never allow any one call my child as DOWN SYNDROME. For me this term is just a possessive use of an eponym. And renamed years back the term 'DOWN' has invited the use of 'Retard' since the simple meaning of 'Down' is 'not good for anything'.View Story i will never allow any one call my child as DOWN SYNDROME. For me this term is just a possessive use of an eponym. And renamed years back the term 'DOWN' has invited the use of 'Retard' since the simple meaning of 'Down' is 'not good for anything'. And in fact this was the underlining reason kids born with an extra chromosome was not given any opportunity to grow and get their childhood rights. Their mild problems became worse and ultimately the world concluded that 'R' is the most appropriate term to address. Its time to move from 1961 when the term DS was first accepted. 2014- March 21 lets call the world to address our kids condition as Trisomy 21 which will remove all the existing stigma and help them lead a better life. Stop using the word Down Syndrome or Retard. I would say it is' We' rather our Ancestors who are responsible for this sigma and hurt that our kids suffer now. We know that it was not intensional and understanding its negative impact -Why do we still keep quiet.

About Rincy Joseph:Proactive Thinker, Medical Professional, Mother of a child having Trisomy 21 - Neither 'Down' nor having any 'Syndrome'. "Giving the best inputs and watching the best outputs is our reward".
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March 04, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Saudi Arabia

I'm Abdulla and I'm 26 years old.

By Abdulla Fouad Al Sulaimani

When I was riding in the car today, I had an encounter with the driver. He dared to utter the r word in front of a cop and that cop doesn't even know me very well. All that driver said after that everyone's retarded. Yeah, I know everyone's retarded but he shouldn't say it in front of the cop as ifView Story When I was riding in the car today, I had an encounter with the driver. He dared to utter the r-word in front of a cop and that cop doesn't even know me very well. All that driver said after that is everyone's retarded. Yeah, I know everyone's retarded but he shouldn't say it in front of the cop as if he does not care. People just love to classify things and the fact is that he is a driver he shouldn't be saying things like that in front of anybody. I don't know if he's trying to sympathize with me or offend me.

About Abdulla Fouad Al Sulaimani:I'm Abdulla and I'm 26 years old and I'm living with my family in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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February 20, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Middle East-North Africa Youth Activation Summit

By Nibal Fetouni

2014 SOMENA YAS celebrating unity!

In parallel with Special Olympics North Africa Unified Football Cup, 25 youth with and without Intellectual Disability, representing 6 Special Olympics programs in the Middle East/North Africa Region joined the youth activation summit.View Story In parallel with Special Olympics North Africa Unified Football Cup, 25 youth with and without Intellectual Disability, representing 6 Special Olympics programs in the Middle East/North Africa Region joined the youth activation summit: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt the hosting program. The agenda included different interactions including outside lecturers who discussed specific issues relevant to youth as leadership, school integration, unified sports concepts, building partnership and public speaking. Youth had the opportunity to watch live and evaluate a unified football game between Special Olympics Libya and Special Olympics Algeria and to meet with the football legend Pele for a group photo (a session not intended and which was appreciated by all). A lot of interactive sessions were planned to bring youth together as team work, sharing challenges and best practices, setting goals. 2 goals were assigned as obligatory: carrying the r-word campaign on the 5th of March 2014 or any other school/university day and celebrating EKS day on September 20th, 2014.

About Nibal Fetouni:Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Initiatives Director
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January 28, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Oman

MENA Regional Athletes Leaders Activation Workshop,December 2013, Muscat,Oman.

By Nibal Fetouni

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For two consecutive days in December, nine Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa programs joined an Athlete Leadership Program workshop The Special Olympics programs in Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Jordan, Tunisia, the Kingdom of Saudi Araiba, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman.View Story For two consecutive days in December, nine Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa programs joined an Athlete Leadership Program workshop The Special Olympics programs in Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Jordan, Tunisia, the Kingdom of Saudi Araiba, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman. Special Olympics Oman was the hosting program with 30 participants. The focus on the first day, 22 December, was on team-building and skills development, and Day 2's focus was on public speaking skills development. Through out the two-day workshop, interactive exercises were offered to reveal the best there is in our athletes. Two speakers were invited to discuss leadership and healthy nutrition. Athletes explained that their main concerns are to be financially independent, to excel in sports, to improve self confidence and to take part in international events. Participants were appreciative of the sharing of best practices and interaction with each other and the presenters. They would have preferred an extended period to benefit more from the overall sessions. Back home similar workshops will be planned. Chaperones will develop athletes public speaking skills and organize train the trainers sessions. Things to follow..

About Nibal Fetouni:SOMENA Initiatives Director
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November 27, 2013 | Africa: Cote dIvoire

Special Olympics Cote d’lvoire athletes shine at the 2013 Africa Basketball Championship

By Ms. Alice D.Doun

Special Olympics Cote d’lvoire basketball athletes recently enjoyed an opportunity provided by the Ivorian Basketball Federation.View Story Special Olympics Cote d’lvoire basketball athletes recently enjoyed an opportunity provided by the Ivorian Basketball Federation. Special Olympics athletes were given the opportunity to showcase their basketball skills during the African Basketball championship held in Abidjan in August at the “Palais des Sports” in Treichville. A demonstration game took place at half time during the opening match between Cote d’lvoire and Algeria. Special Olympics athletes played with great support from a capacity crowd of 7000 spectators and clearly demonstrated their abilities. The game was also televised live on national television. It was a very proud day for our Special Olympics Cote d’Ivoire athletes as they got to show basketball fans from across Africa their impressive skills.

About Ms. Alice D.Doun :Special Olympics Cote d'lvoire National Director
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Upcoming Events Around the World


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Jun 23 - 26 2014

Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Golf and Sailing Coaches Training

Special Olympics in the Middle East- N. Africa region will host coaching training seminars for Special Olympics Golf and Sailing 23-26 June in Rabat, Morocco. For each sport the training seminars will cover the basics of coaching Special Olympics athletes, principles of coaching, nutrition, safety and fitness, preparing the athletes for competition, sport safety and risk management.
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Rabat
MOROCCO

Oct 20 - 24 2014

Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics Coaches Training Seminar

Special Olympics in the Middle East - N. Africa region will host coaching training seminars for Special Olympics Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics 20-24 October in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For each sport the training seminars will cover the basics of coaching Special Olympics athletes, principles of coaching, nutrition, safety and fitness, preparing the athletes for competition, sport safety and risk management.
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Riyadh
KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Dec 3 - 10 2014

2014 Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Regional Games

Join us for the 8th Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Regional games on 3-10 December in Cairo Egypt. Thousands of athletes representing countries from around the region will participate in 8 days of peace, celebration and competition in various sports. The games will also host a Special Olympics Youth Summit, Athlete Leadership Congress, Families Forum, Young Athletes Demonstration and Healthy Athletes Screenings.
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Cairo
EGYPT


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