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Yolande Bukasa Mabika

Yolande Bukasa Mabika grapples with Israel’s Linda Bolder in the first round of the women’s -70kg judo event. Mabika, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has lived in Rio since claiming asylum in 2013. During the Second Congo War she was separated from her parents and taken to a children’s home in the capital Kinshasa, where she took up judo. “I’m representing many nations and my victory is a victory for all refugees in the world,” the 28-year-old said. “I lost, but I’m here. The fight did not end today. The fight is not only judo, the fight is life.”

Refugee Olympic Team,
IOC/David Burnett

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