A Syrian Paralympian Who Competes For All Refugees
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Ibrahim Al Hussein grew up watching the Olympics on TV. He was a swimmer. And he dreamed of someday being one of the athletes up on the podium. But Ibrahim became one of the 5.6 million people who have left Syria since the start of the Civil War after losing his leg in a bomb blast. He still hasn’t been able to return to his home country, but in 2016, he became one of two paralympians to compete in Rio as part of the Refugee Olympic team – a team formed by the IOC in response to the number of stateless athletes looking for avenues to compete at the Olympics.

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