You may have heard that this year's summer Olympics includes a team of refugees from various nations. They can't compete from their home countries, but starting this year they can still have a chance to participate in incredible international competition, because let's not punish people for having endured terrible hardship. Heart-warming, yeah? Somehow this is controversial. What the fuck.
Anyway, one of the refugee athletes in particular is holy shit whoa god damn amazing.
Yusra Mardini: Olympic Syrian refugee who swam for three hours in sea to push sinking boat carrying 20 to safety
THAT'S QUITE THE TRAINING REGIMEN.
Thirty minutes after setting off from Turkey, the motor on their boat, which was meant for six people but carrying 20, began to fail. Most of those on board it could not swim. With no other alternative, Mardini, Sarah and two strong swimmers jumped into the sea and swam for three hours in open water to stop their dinghy from capsizing, eventually reaching Lesbos.
“We were the only four who knew how to swim,” she said of the experience. “I had one hand with the rope attached to the boat as I moved my two legs and one arm. It was three and half hours in cold water. Your body is almost like … done. I don’t know if I can describe that.”
That's okay, I couldn't imagine it if you tried.
Why do people not wan refugees in their countries? They are some of the strongest people in the world. If you have a jealousy problem, deal with that on your own time. Losers.