Mehdi''s painting ''African children also need the Olympics''.
Mehdi, 9, dreams of sport, not war
04 May 2012
Kish Island, Iran: What occupies the dreams of a typical nine-year-old
boy? Growing up to be a wealthy businessman? Or maybe a powerful
politician? Not so for Mohammad Mehdi Faghani.
Mehdi, from Kish Jomhori Eslami School, has an even bigger dream: that
all children from Africa and the rest of the world can throw away their
guns, take up a sport they love and compete in the Olympic Games.
For his entry in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Fun Learn Programme in
Iran, Mehdi drew a painting entitled “African children also need the
Under the Olympic Rings and the Higher, Faster and Stronger slogan, an
African boy throws away his gun, much to the disgust of a military
officer standing next to him.
“I often watch TV and see that many African children are suffering from
conflict and war. That is why I drew this picture. I want to tell the
world that African children also need the Olympics - but not guns,”
“I’m just happy to be a part of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Fun Learn
Programme. Although I am not the winner that is ok for me because I can
still come to today’s fun run and just enjoy the event.”
When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, a rich businessman or
powerful politician, the nine-year-old firmly rejects both. “I want to
be a sportsman,” he says. “I want to participate in the Asian Games and
Olympic Games. That is my dream when I grow up. Sport is my No.1