Seeds: The Olympics are a tradition that span all the way back to 776 BC in Ancient Greece when they were a celebration of the Greek Gods. However, the first Olympic games as we know them were held in 1896, making this year’s Olympics the 31st modern Olympics. The Olympics have seen the world through 2 World Wars, the advent of the Internet, and countless other world changing events. However, in all that time, the Olympics have never welcomed a team of refugees into the games.
Core: Tonight (August 5) the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the first time, a team of 10 athletes, all of them refugees of various countries, will walk in the parade of nations and compete in the Games. The refugees come from countries such as Ethiopia, South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Syria.
Skin: The creation of the Refugee team is a sign of the current global Refugee Crisis and turmoil taking place in multiple countries. The refugees competing in the Games will represent nearly 20 million refugees worldwide; that is nearly double the number of refugees in 2004.
Leaves: The global refugee crisis is and continues to be one of the biggest issues the world faces today. At this moment, world leaders continue to struggle to find a long lasting solution to the crisis, leading one to believe that the first team of refugees to compete in the Olympics may not be the last.
Food For Thought: Do you think having a team of refugees is revolutionary? Do you think any of these Olympians could win?