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Sprinting on crutches - Haitian amputee soccer teams compete

Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

Players belonging to Haiti's unofficial national amputee soccer team warm-up prior to a friendly match against the local Zaryen team in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Jan 10. The game is one of many events planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 12th magnitude-7.0 quake that killed more than 220,000 people and left millions homeless. Many of the players from both teams lost their limbs in the earthquake.

Kena Betancur / Reuters

Soccer players from Haiti's Zaryen team (in blue) and the national amputee team fight for the ball during a friendly match at the national stadium in Port-au-Prince January 10. Sprinting on their crutches at breakneck speed, the young soccer players who lost legs in Haiti's earthquake last year project a symbol of hope and resilience in a land where so much is broken.

Kena Betancur / Reuters

The Zaryen team goalkeeper jumps for the ball during a friendly match against Haiti's national amputee team in Port-au-Prince January 9. Haiti will this week mark the first anniversary of the earthquake that killed around 250,000 people and wrecked much of the capital Port-au-Prince on Jan 12, 2010.

Hector Retamal / AFP - Getty Images

A football player, disabled from last year's earthquake, celebrates a goal during a match with other disabled players on Jan. 10 at Sylvio Cator stadium in Port-au-Prince. Many people were left with some kind of disability by the January 12, 2010 earthquake which struck across all classes and social strata in Haiti.

Their passion for the game is impressive and I'm sure it is a nice change of pace for the spectators too. For more images of life in Haiti as the country rebuilds click here.