Refugee Athletes Team Up for 2016 Olympics in Rio

The International Olympic Committee has created the first-ever “Refugee Olympic Team” set to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics this August. Comprised of 10 athletes from Africa and the Middle East—including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Syria—this historic team was created as a symbol of hope to bring attention to the refugee crisis. While all of these athletes have fled poverty or war, not all of the refugees were competitive athletes, some were “newly discovered at refugee camps.” With nearly 60 million people displaced in 2015, this video is a powerful reminder of the power of public diplomacy to both raise awareness of global issues and to convene people in dialogue. 

They Have No Home, But These Refugees Are Teaming Up For The Olympics


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