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Left behind violence and abuse for a new start.


Left behind violence and abuse for a new start PAUL O'HARE THE Refugee Team have incredible tales of survival: RAMI ANIS, 25, SYRIA, 100-METRE SWIMMER Rami, from Aleppo, was put on a flight to Istanbul to live with his brother as Syria's civil war began.

Yolande Mabika, 28, DR CONGO, JUDO Separared from her parents because of conflict, Yolande discovered judo while living in a centre for displaced children.

But she was locked in a cage and had food confiscated by her coach if she lost tournaments before she escaped from a hotel during one competition after years of abuse.

PAULO LOKORO, 24, SOUTH SUDAN, 1500M RUNNER A herder for his family's cattle, Paulo fled his war-torn homeland of South Sudan, which became the world's newest country in 2011.

The bloodshed forced him to flee to neighbouring Kenya, where he lived in a refugee camp and excelled in school sports.

YUSRA MARDINI, 18, SYRIA, 200-METRE SWIMMER Incredibly, she and her sister dragged their flimsy refugee boat as it took in water on the journey from Turkey to Greece.

Yusra, from Damascus, said: "We were holding on to the boat with one and doing the breaststroke with the other hand and one leg."

YIECH PUR BIEL, 21, SOUTH SUDAN, 800M RUNNER Yiech fled fighting in southern Sudan in 2005 and ended up in a refugee camp in northern Kenya.

ROSE NATHIKE LOKONYEN, 23, SOUTH SUDAN, 800M She fled war in South Sudan when she was 10 and only discovered her talent for running during a school competition in a refugee camp in northern Kenya.

POPOLE MISENGA, 24, DR CONGO, JUDO Popole was nine when he fled fighting in Kisingani and, like Yolande, then discovered judo. He sought asylum to escape an abusive coach in 2013 while in Rio.

YONAS KINDE, 36, ETHIOPIA, MARATHON Taxi driver Yonas left danger in his homeland and has lived in Luxembourg for five years.

ANJELINA NADAI LOHALITH, 21, SOUTH SUDAN, 1500M Anjelina has not seen or spoken to her parents since she was six and fled her home during the conflict for a camp in Kenya.

JAMES NYANG CHIENGJIEK, 28, SOUTH SUDAN, 800M runner James fled to a camp in Kenya at 13 to avoid being kidnapped by rebels who were forcibly recruiting child soldiers.

He said: "If God gives you a talent, you have to use it."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Aug 3, 2016
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