Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini, who participated in the first refugee team at the Olympic Games, bears the heart of the story of struggle and steadfastness and provides an example of inspiration for Arab youth.
Yousra says she did not realize what it meant to be a refugee representative at the 2016 Olympics and only later became clear how that move changed the view of many people.
Having seen with appreciation and respect from the people and the rest of the team, she decided to tell her story and recount it.
That was exactly what she did on Sunday 15 September when she told her story on stage in Amman alongside her sister Sarah.
She expressed her pride in joining the first refugee team at the Olympics, despite her previous fears of a world view of her as a refugee, which quickly vanished after she saw the respect and appreciation of the people.He was glad that she was able to change people's perceptions of refugees, making her stick to her story even more.
|Syrian sisters Yusra and Sarah Mardini presented the story of their struggle as a model to inspire youth (Reuters)|
When the sisters fled Syria for Europe in 2015, the ghost of an imminent death loomed and the overloaded boat almost drowned crossing the Mediterranean towards Greece.
The two sisters and another refugee jumped into the sea and dragged the boat for three hours into the water, saving the lives of 19 others.
Sarah wants younger people to understand that her life was not so different from theirs until the sense of normalcy in her life suddenly disappeared in one moment.
She added that this generation does not have a full idea of what happened with them in the past years, explaining that they were living their normal lives and complete their studies until the war came and lost them everything and changed their lives completely and began to find a safe place to go.
The sisters, who now live in Germany, had left their home in war-torn Damascus and went to Turkey.
Sara said that when they arrived there, they did not sit waiting to take their hands and help, adding that the inspiring part of their story was after they arrived in Germany.
Event organizers say the sisters' visit to Amman marks their first return to an Arab country since they left Syria.