Refugees in Kakuma watch Team Refugees compete at Rio Olympics

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Refugees are proudly cheering on Team Refugees at screenings of the Olympic Games at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, thanks to a FilmAid project supported by Amnesty International.

This Olympics welcome is a great first step that the rest of humanity should follow to bring refugees out of the cold and keep their hopes alive.
Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International

Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: 

"These two brief weeks will be a source of hope and inspiration to these athletes, and millions of other refugees watching around the globe. This Olympics welcome is a great first step that the rest of humanity should follow to bring refugees out of the cold and keep their hopes alive."

Magu Ngumo, Creative and Content Director, FilmAid, said:

"FilmAid has been working in Kakuma for over a decade, but I've never seen the young people so full of pride. Screening the Olympics in Kakuma is a chance for young refugees to see the athletes and themselves represented, not just as victims of war and disaster, but as individuals who have dreams, and the strength and desire to live those dreams."