18 yr old Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini is one of the member of the chosen Refugee Olympic Team, which was allowed to compete in currently, held Rio Olympics 2016 being held at Brazil by International Olympic Council in context of the current Syria refugee crisis. Although she won her Rio butterfly heat, but her efforts and dedication towards the sports couldn’t get her to progress to the next level with her time of 1:09:21. We won’t be able to see more of her in the Olympics, but her journey to Rio has been a really inspiring one.
Yusra is the 1st athlete representing the refugee Olympic team. Her journey to Rio has not been so smooth, with her house in Syria being completely destroyed in the Syrian civil war and threat of life forced Yusra Mardini and her sister Sarah to flee Syria. Every day waking up with a fear of being targeted by bullets and bombs that could arrive from any direction. Those Living in such a constant fear made Yusra to leave Syria, they reached Lebanon and from there they headed towards Turkey, where they were smuggled by boat to Greece in a small boat with a capacity of 6-7 people but was overloaded with 18 refugees. The boat motor could no longer take the pressure, hence stopped working. It was Yusra and her sister brave and life threatening decision to push the boat for nearly 3 hours till they reached Lesbos offshore thus saving lives of many. On reaching Lesbos they traveled all the way to Europe to Germany and settled in Berlin, where they been residing till date. Later their parents joined them their.
For more interesting stuff visit: