Sally El Hosaini on humanising refugees with The Swimmers

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The story of Yusra and Sara Mardini is one that many people will already be vaguely familiar with, especially those who follow Syria and refugee issues. It wasn’t much surprise that Yusra especially caught the eye of international media. After all, not many Syrian refugees can claim to have competed in the Olympics like she did, at both Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. The two sisters were raised with the goal of becoming competitive swimmers by their father in Damascus, himself also a swimmer when he was younger. Yusra dreamed of one day representing Syria in international swimming competitions, but …

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