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Fighting in the easter Democratic Republic of the Congo separated Mabika from her parents when she was a young child.
She remembers little else but running alone and being picked up by a helicopter that took her to the capital, Kinshasa, she told UNHCR.
There, living in a center for displaced children, she discovered judo. She went on to become a professional athlete, competing in major tournaments.
“Judo never gave me money, but it gave me a strong heart,” she said. “I got separated from my family and used to cry a lot. I started with judo to have a better life.”
In 2013, when she came to Rio to compete at the World Judo Championship, her coach confiscated her passport and limited her access to food. Fed up with years of abuse, including being caged after losing tournaments, Mabika fled the hotel and wandered the streets searching for help.
Now, as a refugee in Brazil, she has won a spot on the Refugee Olympic Athlete team and received training from Flavio Canto, a Brazilian Olympic bronze medallist.
“I will be part of this team and I will win a medal. I am a competitive athlete, and this is an opportunity that can change my life,” she said.
“I hope my story will be an example for everybody, and perhaps my family will see me and we will reunite.”
 

Resources

Diversity and Inclusion Program Calendar 2015

Initiative of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

I Want the Wide American Earth – Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center 

Asianfortune.com

Race, Ethnicity & Health Care (The Effects of Economic Recession on Communities of Color)

National Urban League

President Barack Obama | The White House

The African-American Mosaic Exhibition (Library of Congress)

Hispanic Outlook Magazine

Association of American Indian Physicians

The Black Inventor Online Museum – a Look at Black Inventors and their Contributions to Society

Equal Opportunity Publications – Home Page

Publications for Minority Medical Students

National Black Nurses Associations, Inc.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center | Little Rock Black Fraternal Organization

UAMS’ Center for Diversity Affairs

Scholarships

 The Gates Millennium Scholars

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

National Medical Fellowships