Congolese refugees' participation in Olympics "huge victory" for their community

Popole Misenga celebrates the first-ever win of a refugee athlete in the Olympic Games. Photo: UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

The participation of Congolese refugees in the Olympics is a "huge victory", according to members of their community.

Congolese Judokas Yolande Mabike and Popole Misenga competed on August 10th and were watched by members of the Congolese community who cried and celebrated as Yolande lost and Popole won his first round.

For the first time ever, 10 refugee athletes from four countries were given a chance to compete on the Refugee Olympic team (ROT) in Rio de Janeiro.

Deganit Perez has more.

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