The refugee crisis is one of the most significant of our time with more than 65 million people displaced, many of them being children. At the young age of 9, Yeich Pur Biel was forced to flee his home of South Sudan and placed in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
Fast forward eleven years later and this 21-year-old is now competing in the 800-meter race at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. Yiech’s journey to Rio began when he started playing soccer with other refugees and running in the refugee camp.
“Running makes me feel greater control over my own destiny. However, most of us face a lot of challenges.” Yeich says. “In the refugee camp, we have no access to facilities–even shoes we don’t have. There is no gym.”
Yeich and his team have been training for over a year for Rio, and it has been long and difficult. However, Yeich is staying positive and believes his spot on The Refugee Olympic team will inspire and encourage other displaced individuals to follow their dreams.
You can watch Yeich’s story here:
The participation of The Refugee Olympic Team in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games sends an uplifting signal of hope to all refugees around the world. Further, the team aims to promote unity among refugees of various backgrounds and overcome divisions with host communities.
You can learn more about The Refugee Olympic Team here.
— casie tindell, social media coordinator