Meet the 10 refugees competing in Rio
In the midst of the global migrant crisis, 10 refugees are taking a stand.
Instead of competing under a country's flag, they are going to Rio as individual participants.
James Chiengjiek fled from South Sudan at 13-years-old to avoid being kidnapped and forced into being a child solider. He found his passion in running at a refugee camp in Kenya even though he didn't have proper shoes. He will be competing as a track and field athlete in the 800 meters.
Popole Misenga was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the Second Congo War. He started practicing judoka and eventually sought asylum in Brazil after the 2013 World Championships. He will compete for the gold medal in judo.
Yolande Mabika was placed in a center for displaced children when she was separated from her family during the Second Congo War. It was there that she started practicing judo. She also sought asylum in Rio during the 2013 World Championships.
Yonas Kinde lives in Luxembourg after fleeing Ethiopia for political reasons. He is a marathon runner, whose fastest time in two hours and 17 minutes. He will compete in the men's marathon.
Anjelina Lohalith fled South Sudan during the civil war and ended up in Kenya. She discovered her love for running at the Kakuma refugee camp. She will compete in the 1500 meters.
Paulo Lokoro fled South Sudan in 2006 during the war and is now living in Kenya. While in a refugee camp, he excelled at school sports, specifically running. He will compete in the 1500 meters in Rio.
Rose Lokonyen was born in South Sudan but fled the country at 10 years old. She started running at a refugee camp but hasn't ever competed, even as an amateur. She will run in the 800 meters race.
Yiech Biel grew up in South Sudan but fled to Kenya to escape the civil war. He played soccer at a refugee camp but then decided to take up running. He will also compete in the 800 meters.
Rami Anis fled to Turkey then to Belgium during the Syrian civil war. He started swimming at 14-years-old. He will compete in the 100 meter butterfly.
Yusra Mardini grew up in Syria but left during the civil war. While on a dinghy in the Aegean sea, she and three other people pushed a boat full of refugees for three hours after the motor broke. She will compete in the 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly.
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