Refugee Olympic Team makes history at Rio Games

During the Opening Ceremony of the Rio2016 Olympics, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, a 23-year-old South Sudanese runner, led the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team into the stadium behind the banner of the International Olympic Committee.

  This is the first time that refugees participate in Olympic Games. It not only shows the spirit of Olympic Games—unity and diversity, but also proves that being refugees doesn't mean you are not a human being. They, as a unity, set us a great example of peaceful coexistence in the whole world. More importantly, it is a huge step of human rights. With the assistance of UNHCR, they showed their dignity as human beings to the world.   However, ironically, when they held the Olympic flag instead of a national flag, what they really need is the acceptance and protection of countries. Refugee problems, nowadays, still remain unfixed. Even worse, the number is always increasing. They need our cheers as inspiration, but they also need practical policy and action to ensure their safety and basic human rights. 

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Saturday, August 6, 2016