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Butterfly by Yusra Mardini

Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph

Yusra Mardini

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Imprint: Bluebird
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 3 May 2018
ISBN: 9781509881673

The awe-inspiring true story of Yusra Mardini, Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer

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4 stars out of 5
Aida Edemariam
9 May 2018

"Trained relentlessly by her father in Syria, Mardini helped steer a people-laden dinghy to safety, then competed in the Olympics "

Vastly grateful for individual kindnesses, Mardini is nevertheless shocked at the degree to which all that she is – Damascene, swimmer, girl becoming woman – is collapsed into one word: refugee. She fears that she is only competing at the Olympics out of pity. Yet she agrees to race in order to demonstrate her individuality – and that of all other refugees. To say, on bigger and bigger stages: “A refugee is a human being like any other.”