Meet The Refugee Cyclist Peddling For Glory

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This unusual bike team are childhood friends who got split up when they fled their native Eritrea more than a year ago. Once in Addis Ababa, they found each other again through their love of competitive cycling.

Each push of the pedal brings them new hope. “I used to be a professional cyclist.” says Daniel, 24 “This team has become my family. We share everything, including money to tackle our financial problems.”

Since 2000, Ethiopia has received and hosted almost 170,000 Eritrean refugees, many of whom are children who flee unaccompanied or separated from their families.

The Ethiopian Government allows refugees to live outside of camps, in urban settings if they can sustain themselves. Some 20,000 refugees have chosen to live in Addis.

Meet the refugee cyclists peddling for glory! This unusual bike 🚴 team are childhood friends who got split up when they fled their native #Eritrea more than a year ago. Once in Addis Ababa, they found each other again through their love of competitive cycling. Each push of the pedal brings them new hope. “I used to be a professional cyclist.” says Daniel, 24 “This team has become my family. We share everything, including money to tackle our financial problems." Since 2000, #Ethiopia has received and hosted almost 170,000 Eritrean refugees, many of whom are children who flee unaccompanied or separated from their families. The Ethiopian Government allows refugees to live outside of camps, in urban settings if they can sustain themselves. Some 20,000 refugees have chosen to live in Addis. An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Every day, #UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, save lives and build better futures for refugees. Regram @unrefugees | 📷: UNHCR/Diana Diaz #un4refugeesmigrants #withrefugees

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