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School Meals Helped Fuel Olympic Hopeful by World Food Programme on Exposure
Story: Katherine Arms, Photos: Copyright IOC/Claire Thomas Anjelina Nadai is one of ten athletes who will compete at the 2016 Olympics as part of the first all-refugee team. She spoke to the World Food Programme’s Katherine Arms about her journey from Kakuma refugee camp to the Rio Games. Like most children in her village in what is now South Sudan, Anjelina Nadai ran daily to the bush to milk the family cattle and then bring the milk home. She never dreamed that one day she would be headed to the Olympics, running under the Olympic flag. Anjelina spent most of her childhood in Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya, having fled war in Sudan with her aunt. “She only learned recently that she had made the refugee team.” Her parents and the rest of the family stayed behind. She started running as a would-be athlete at school in the camp, recording good times. Anjelina began training with a foundation run by Kenyan marathoner Tegla Laroupe in 2015. She only learned recently that she had made the refugee team with four other South Sudanese runners from Kakuma camp – an Ethiopian runner, two Syrian swimmers and two judo athletes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Anjelina will compete in the women’s 1,500m athletics event.