Abbas Karimi – Paralympic Swimmer

Abbas Karimi - Paralympic SwimmerMohammad Abbas Karimi is a swimmer, who came second in the S5 50 meter butterfly event at the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships, making him the first refugee athlete to win a medal at that competition. He has won national championship events in Afghanistan, Turkey and the US. He came eighth in the 50 meter butterfly S5 event for the Refugee Paralympic Team at the 2020 Summer Paralympics.

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Meet Parfait Hakizimana – Refugee Taekwondo at the Paralympic Games

Parfait Hakizimana is a Burundian parataekwondo practitionerParfait Hakizimana is a Burundian parataekwondo practitioner who currently resides in Rwanda. He is representing the Refugee Paralympic Team at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in the under 61 kg category, Taekwondo. The Refugee Paralympic Team embodies determination and resilience. And none more so than Parfait Hakizimana. The Taekwondo star is set to compete with the best at the Paralympic Games.

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Born without arms, shot during childhood, fleeing war zones: Refugee Paralympic Team’s inspiring stories

Refugee Paralympics Team logoThe Refugee Olympic Team made its first appearance at the 2016 games. Ten athletes, hailing from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo took part in the Rio event five years ago. And now, for the first time, a Refugee Paralympic Team is competing in Tokyo. The athletes, one woman and five men, will compete in a range of sports including athletics, swimming, canoeing and taekwondo. Two members of the team, Shahrad Nasajpour and Ibrahim Al Hussein, took part in the 2016 Paralympics as Independent Paralympic Athletes. Club thrower Alia Issa becomes the first female to be named part of a refugee team at the Paralympic Games. The team is completed by taekwondo star Parfait Hakizimana, canoeist Anas Al Khalifa and swimmer Abbas Karimi.

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Frequently asked questions: The signs of relationship abuse and how to help

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Violence against women is a human rights violation that takes place every single day around the world. Globally, one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. While domestic violence and abuse are sometimes hidden, if we know the signs of an abusive relationship, we may be able to recognize it better and seek or offer help.

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Intersectionality, refugee women & girls: From theory to practice

Intersectionality, refugee women & girls: From theory to practiceIn observance of Social Science Week, UNSW (School of Social Sciences and the Forced Migration Research Network) will host an online discussion of Intersectionality, refugee women & girls: From theory to practice on evening of Monday 6 September: 6.30pm-8.15pm

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Racism toward Asian Australians

Racism toward Asian Australians


It’s not “new” news that Asian Australians are experiencing high rates of racism during the pandemic. However, existing data under-represent the true extent of COVID-related racism. The vast majority of cases aren’t being formally reported and official reporting processes aren’t capturing or addressing the impact of racism on Asian Australians.

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A special team of refugees is making history at the Tokyo Paralympics

Para-swimmer Abbas KarimiAfter a refugee team featured for a second time at an Olympic Games in Tokyo, six athletes will also compete this month as part of the Refugee Paralympic Team.

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