UNITED NATIONS, May 4 (APP): Flanked by cheering crowds, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee girl ran with the Olympic flame through Brasilia Tuesday, kicking off a relay across the host country ahead of the Olympic Games in August, the United Nations refugee agency announced.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games selected Hanan Dacka, who has been living in Brazil for the past year, to participate in the first day of the torch relay on Brazilian soil.
With the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution at its
highest in the post-World War II era, Hanan carrying of the Olympic Torch through Brasilia symbolizes solidarity with refugees everywhere.