“These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,” International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said in a press release.
For the first time ever, a team entirely made up of Refugees will be competing at the Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro.
The team consists of two judokas from the Democratic Republic of Congo , two swimmers from Syria, five runners from South Sudan, and a marathoner from Ethiopia.
Not having a flag to represent, they will march behind the Olympics flag, hoping to be a symbol of ambition, resilience, and dedication.
The refugee crises around the world are heartbreaking, but this message serves as a reminder that we are all citizens of the world. While from different areas of the world, they all serve as a symbol of hope.
Let’s show some support for Refugee Team Olympia!
Written by Nora Abdel