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Breaking rocks to pay her school fees

11/01/2012 | Lilly Peel

Like many Liberians, Mercy Womeh missed several years of education as a result of the 14-year civil war. She is now 18 and determined to complete her final two years of schooling. To fund her education, she crushes rocks.

Photo snapshot: goalball in Zagreb

08/30/2012 | Lilly Peel

Goalball is a team sport designed for blind and visually impaired athletes and is played in silence: the only way for the blindfolded athletes to work out where the ball is is by the tinkling sound it makes as it travels across the pitch at speeds of up to 40mph.

Photo snapshot: amputee football in Freetown

08/29/2012 | Lilly Peel

Sport is used around the world today to rehabilitate people with disabilities. In this photograph, amputee footballers, many of whom were victims of the country’s civil war, practice on the beach in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Photo snapshot: sitting volleyball in Burundi

08/28/2012 | Lilly Peel

Sport has an important role to play in development and rehabilitation processes. To celebrate the London 2012 Paralympics, we have dug through our archives to find photographs of inspirational sportsmen and women around the world for whom disability is no barrier.

Photo snapshot: providing a sporting legacy

08/06/2012 | Lilly Peel

London 2012 has sparked a debate about the provision of sports in UK schools. The head of the UK’s Olympic team has called for more funding for sports in schools to ensure the Games leaves a sporting legacy.

Photo snapshot: women athletes inspire a generation

08/03/2012 | Lilly Peel

Runners prepare to set off on an annual 10k race for women founded by Moroccan gold medal winner Nawal El Moutawakel - Alfredo Caliz | Panos Pictures

Women line up to take part in a 10k race in Casablanca, set up by Moroccan Olympic gold medal winner Nawal El Moutawakel to promote sport among teenage girls. With women competing in all 26 sports for the first time, London 2012 is being dubbed the Women’s Games.

Photo snapshot: basketball in Mali

08/02/2012 | Lilly Peel

A member of the Malian women's basketball team seen through the hoop - Rhodri Jones | Panos Pictures

Today’s photograph captures a member of the Malian women’s basketball team. Basketball is growing in poularity in Africa.

Photo snapshot: cycling in Eritrea

08/01/2012 | Lilly Peel

The Tour of Eritrea cycle race. Dust covers the road to Dekmhare - Chris de Bode | Panos Pictures

Cycling is Eritrea’s national sport and is followed with zeal. Today’s photograph features the dusty tracks of the Tour of Eritrea – Africa’s equivalent of the Tour de France.

Photo snapshot: women’s boxing in Kabul

07/31/2012 | Lilly Peel

Members of the Afghan women's national boxing team pose in the hallway of the Olympic Stadium, Kabul - Mikhail Galustov | Panos Pictures

Here is another sporting photo to inspire you. This time it’s women boxers in Kabul. Afghanistan narrowly missed out having a woman boxer in the first Olympic women’s boxing competition.

Protestors, power and mega-dams

03/25/2011 | Tania Ghosh

Mega-dams have caused controversy around the world. The Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric project, being constructed in Arunachal Pradesh, North-east India is no exception.

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