In Pictures – Refugees take part in the 2017 Malta Marathon

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Sudanese refugees take part in the 2017 Malta Marathon
©UNHCR/Steph Scicluna
Sudanese refugees take part in the 2017 Malta Marathon
Adam Jalal, a 29 year old student studying IT at MCAST, is one of the refugees who took part in last Sunday's full Vodafone Malta Marathon. This was his first time running.

Apart from studying at MCAST, Adam also works at a bakery at night and holds the voluntary position of sports coordinator at the Sudanese Migrant Community in Malta. 

Adam, who originates from Darfur in Sudan, explains why he decided to take part in this year's marathon: "We want to integrate with the Maltese. We want to make bridges and break the invisible borders that lie between us."

Adam formed part of a larger group of refugees living in Malta who decided to run in the marathon. Participants included other Sudanese refugees from the community, and a young refugee Dursa who is a member of Spark 15, a refugee-led youth organization aiming to promote integration in Malta.

In 2014, Refugee Ibrahim Hussein Ahmed, from Sudan, and representing the local club of St Patrick's won the 21 Kilometre Half Marathon. It was the first time that a refugee had won one of the main Marathons in Malta.

The 2017 Malta Marathon, Half Marathon and Walkathon had a record number of participants of 4,400 applications for the 8th consecutive year.

The Marathon was won by Mohammed Hajjy, Moroccan national, in a time of two hours 21 minutes and six seconds.