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Tokyo 2020: who is ‘Mama’ Tegla Loroupe? Growing up amid conflict and hardship makes ex-runner ideal mother figure for Olympic refugees




Tegla Loroupe only knew of the danger once she arrived at the refugee camp in Dadaab, about 480km northeast of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, close to Somalia.She was not safe, security at the UNHCR facility told her, and she must return to Nairobi immediately. They said that during her eight-hour drive to Dadaab, on a perilous road patrolled by various militant groups, a vehicle following hers was ambushed by unknown gunmen and a UN teacher kidnapped.Loroupe, the IOC Refugee Olympic Team’s chef de…



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