Flag bearer Ibrahim Al Hussain of Syria leads the Independent Paralympic Athletes team entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The inspirational stories behind the Olympic refugee team
For the first time in Olympic history, a refugee team is competing. The ten athletes, who are competing in events from judo to marathon running, are serving as a “symbol of hope” for refugees. The inclusion of the team at the 2016 Rio Games reflects the steadily growing refugee crisis and shines a light on the plight of millions of displaced people displaced by war and conflict across the world.
Ibrahim Al Hussein of Syria and team athletes Paralympic Independent, swims the Men's 50m freestyle - S9 Preliminary during the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Olympics - Refugee Olympic Team Swimming Athletes Media Access
Olympic refugee team swimmers Yusra Mardini (L) and Rami Anis dry off after training at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on July 28, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both swimmers are refugees of war-torn Syria and survived making the dangerous journey from Syria across the Aegean Sea to Greece in boats. The International Olympic Committee will for the first time have a team made up of stateless refugees. (July 27, 2016 - Source: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Syria's Yusra Mardini Eighteen-year-old Yusra Mardini and older sister, Sarah, were among Syria's brightest swimming stars before the civil war changed everything. Yusra represented Syria at the world championships in 2012. But the war intensified and the family decided the sisters should leave Damascus. They went first to Lebanon, then Turkey.READ MORE WEBSITE