Refugee Olympic team shines light on refugees
Ethiopian runner overcomes hardships to compete
RIO DE JANEIRO — Marathoner Yonas Kinde, 36, began running as a teenager in his native Ethiopia. On Sunday, he’ll compete in his first Olympics as one of 10 elite athletes representing the inaugural Refugee Olympic Athletes team, reports The UN Refugee Agency.
For the past three years Kinde’s lived in Luxembourg. “I normally train every day, but when I heard this news [about the refugee team] I trained two times per day, every day,” Kinde is reported as saying by the UN Refugee Agency.
Two judo athletes from Congo, five track athletes from Sudan and two Syrian swimmers, including Yusra Mardini, the first member of the team to compete in Rio, are also competing on the team.
The worldwide refugee crisis now exceeds 59-million displaced people, according to The UN Refugee Agency. Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) has helped people displaced by natural disaster and strife. To find out more, check out p. 17 of our 2015 annual report issue of ChildVoice, our donor publication.