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The extraordinary journey of refugee Yusra Mardini, who fled war-torn Syria, travelled through Europe to Germany, and there joined the refugee Olympic team to compete in Rio.

The extraordinary journey of eighteen-year-old refugee Yusra Mardini, who fled war-torn Syria last year. During the crossing from Turkey to Lesbos, Yusra and her sister helped to save their fellow passengers when the engine of their crammed dinghy stopped working. Swimming together they dragged the boat to safety. The sisters then made their way across Europe, evading capture by the authorities, travelling through Greece, Serbia and Hungary to get to Germany. It was there that Yusra was selected as one of the ten athletes to form the refugee Olympic team to compete as a swimmer in Rio.

This is a Czech Radio/BBC Co-Production. Czech Radio reporter, Magdalena Sodomkov√°, first met Yusra in Serbia last year, and has since followed her journey through Europe and accompanied her on her latest adventure in Brazil.

Producer: Clare Walker
Producer for Czech Radio: Brit Jensen.

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Mon 5 Sep 2016 00:15

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