An Olympic Dream: Samia Yusuf Omar

An Olympic Dream: Samia Yusuf Omar
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  • We're rooting for you Samia!!
  • I am in last place, but it sounds like I'm in first. Why are these people cheering for me?
  • Samia Yusuf Omar of Somalia finished last in the 200 m race during the Beijing Olympics, yet the crowd cheered as if she was the champion.
  • Go Samia!! Keep running!!!
  • Back in Mogadishu, Samia trains as much as she can, but she is often harassed and threatened by the Al-Shabaab militants who believe women should not behave this way.
  • I have to get faster in time for the London Olympics!
  • Samia's trainer, Mustafa, tells her she needs to go to Addis Ababa where the other teams train if she is to get to the London Olympics.
  • Mum, Mustafa says I need to go to Ethiopia to train. Then I'll be able to make enough money for us.
  • I need you here, but if you must go, please stay with your Aunt Mariam.
  • Samia was turned away by the trainer in Ethiopia. She decided to try to get to Italy for a chance to train there. She didn't know how long and gruesome the trip would be.
  • I thought there was supposed to be a bus? How far do we have to walk in this heat?
  • I can't believe I'm locked in a cell and now Hodan has to pay these criminals money if I am ever to be released. I should have stayed in Mogadishu with mum.
  • Samia slept in a hut near the bus station with some other Somalis for weeks and finally, they were packed into an open air truck and headed for Libya. At one point on her journey, they were stopped by a group of men at gunpoint and took everything they had.
  • We had to try to make a better life for ourselves, Samia. You are one brave young woman.
  • Samia paid to be taken by boat to Italy, but it turned out to be a rubber raft. They ran out of fuel in the middle of the trip and Samia Yusuf Omar drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Her courage, strength, and hope should not be forgotten.
  • I'm sorry I got you wrapped up in this Aunt Mariam, but thanks for believing in me.
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