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As The First Refugee Olympic Team Competes, A Camp Watches In Awe

It's a moment of joy in a Kenyan refugee camp.

10/08/2016 9:41 AM AEST | Updated 10/08/2016 12:28 PM AEST
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Children watch the Olympics in a refugee camp.

The world's first Olympic team made up entirely of refugees will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics, and a Kenyan camp will be ready to cheer them on.

The International Olympic Committee has set up a screen to show the Olympics at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northwest Kenya.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR estimated there were 54,550 refugees, mostly from Somalia, in the camp.

It's in this dusty camp that five athletes were discovered to compete with the Refugee Olympic Team.

Each member of the team has a moving and inspiring story, including Syrian refugee Rami Anis who was training as a professional swimmer when war broke out.

He said he hoped there would be no refugee team in Tokyo because he hoped for all wars to end and athletes to be able to compete under the name of their home country.

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