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.
A big contingent of the refugee athletes here are runners.
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.
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.