By: Yusra Mardini
Location: NF 920 MAR
Genre: INSPIRING, TRUE, HEARTBREAKING, MEMOIR and yes I am shouting....
Yusra Mardini is an Olympic swimmer and Syrian refugee who, in 2015,
fled her hometown of Damascus when it became too dangerous to live in
the war-torn country. In 2016 Mardini swam with the Refugee Olympic Team
and was subsequently named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She lives in
Berlin and is training for the 2020 Olympics.
This is the inspiring story of how one woman saved fellow refugees from drowning--and how she went on to become an Olympic swimmer.
young Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini realized her boat's engine shut down
as she was traveling from Syria to Greece with other refugees, there
was no hesitation: she dove into the water. Surfacing, she heard
desperate prayers and sobbing from the passengers in the sinking boat
above her. Between the waves, her elder sister Sarah screamed at her to
get back on the boat. But Mardini was determined. She was not going to
let Sarah do this alone. Grabbing the rope with one hand, she began
kicking up the black water, inching the boat towards the distant shore.
bold act of bravery saved the lives of a boatload of refugees heading
to Turkey from Syria. After her arrival in Greece, Mardini, focused and
undeterred, worked toward a lifelong goal: to compete in the Olympics.
She succeeded, and competed in 2016 on the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio
Butterfly tells her story, from Syria to the
Olympics to her current work with the UN as a Goodwill Ambassador.
Mardini is eager to tell her story in the hopes that readers will
remember that refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary
circumstances, chased from their homes by a devastating war. In today's
political climate, this story is guaranteed to inspire and educate
readers from every background.
"War, for all its atrocities, is punctuated by instances of unfathomable
human spirit and grace. Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini's story is a
prime example. Butterfly recounts this Syrian refugee's extraordinary
tale of bravery, survival, and winsome, never-give-up moxie. It is
impossible not to be won over by Yusra, who once swam for her life at
sea and is now fighting for the dignity and wellbeing of countless
refugees like her whose lives have been upturned by war". -- Khaled Hossein