team-refugeesMy favorite Olympic team besides our US Athletes! #TeamRefugees

From UNICEF: This month, a very special team is competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. For the first time ever, the International Olympic Committee has created a Refugee Olympic Team. Ten world-class athletes, forced by conflict and persecution to flee their homes, are being given a chance to compete. The team members hail from Syria, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Refugee Olympic Team is a signal of hope.

At a time when more than 65 million people are displaced, many of them children, the participation of the team in Rio sends a powerful signal of hope to refugees around the world. Further, the team aims to promote unity among refugees of various backgrounds and overcome divisions with host comunities. In the words of Yusra Mardini, 18, a Team Refugees swimmer, “You’re an athlete; you don’t think like you’re Syrian or from London or from Germany. You will just think about the race. You have your lane, your swimming cap, your swimming lesson. That’s it.”