“I want to represent all the refugees because I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days." - From BuzzFeed
A Syrian refugee who found sanctuary in Europe after swimming in the icy Mediterranean waters inspired people around the world on Saturday, when she won her Olympic swimming heat.
Mardini, 18, was forced to swim for her life when her migrant boat began sinking as it was ferrying her and roughly 20 other refugees to Europe last year.
If was going to drown, at least I’d drown proud of myself and my sister.” When the International Olympic Committee decided to field a team of refugee athletes to draw global attention to the refugee crisis, Mardini was among those who qualified — barely nine months after she first arrived in Europe.
“I want to represent all the refugees because I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days.
I want to inspire them to do something good in their lives.” “I want everyone not to give up on their dreams and do what they feel in their hearts,” she said.