Qutaiba Al-Hussien

Cricket Coach, Bourj el-Barajneh camp

I love cricket because it teaches children self-reliance.


Qutaiba is a farmer’s boy from the Aleppo countryside. He loved school and playing football with his friends out on the open fields. Yet, the worsening economic situation in Syria in early 2000 forced him to start working with his brother as a car mechanic in Lebanon. Then the war broke out and prevented them from travelling home. Qutaiba’s mother, sister and many of his friends died during bombardments. He succumbed to depression. Then one day he heard children play outside his window in the Sabra camp at a time when other children were at school. He gathered these children and began to teach them to write. Eventually he found a school for them where he became a games coach.

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