"Refuge In the Water"
|Size:||36" x 52"|
Acrylic on Canvas
Yusra Mardini: Olympic Swimmer for the Refugee Team
Yusra fled the Syrian war and set off on a perilous journey for Greece in an overcrowded dinghy. Fifteen minutes into the sea crossing, the boat’s engine failed. Determined not to let any of her fellow passengers drown, he jumped into the waves and swam for three and a half hours in open water to prevent their dinghy from capsizing, saving the lives of 20 people.
A year later, Yusra’s courage, determination and strong swimming skills were recognized by the International Olympic Committee and she became a member of the first ever Refugee Olympic Team. Yusra competed at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, helping to represent 65 million displaced people worldwide. Her message of hope, determination and courage reminds us that those who flee their countries are capable of achieving great things.
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