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Olympic refugees honored in Rio de Janeiro

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The artist Saatchi said he felt a close connection with Congolese refugee Popole Misenga who competed in the judo competition here. He also said he felt a connection with swimmer Yusra Mardini who fled her home in Damascus, Syria and is living now in Germany, while not competing here in Rio.
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A big contingent of the refugee athletes here are runners.
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Many of them escaping conflict in the Middle East and Africa, four of them from the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. The refuge team has been a big hit here in Rio ever since walking into the opening ceremony in the Maracana Stadium.>> The idea of the mural is to remain here as a constant reminder of the plight of refugees around the world.
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The mural remained as part of the brand new Olympic Boulevard here in Rio. An area that once was stark, dark, and scary, now is full of light and a constant reminder of the positiveness that can come out of the Olympics.