Sara Mardini, humanitarian, activist and hero, speaks at Upper Devotion (194 Boylston St.) on April 11 at 7:00pm
Sara’s talk, entitled “A Syrian Refugee’s Journey of Hope & Courage”, will delve into Sara’s flight from Syria, her heroic and life-saving act of courage and her on-going work to advocate for refugee and women’s rights.
About the Talk Sara Mardini stunned the world in 2015 with an epic three-and-a-half hour Mediterranean swim in which she and her sister saved 20 lives. At age 18, Sara proved to adults and children alike that heroism is ageless. Sara will speak about her flight from Syria, her heroic and life-saving act of courage and her on-going work to advocate for refugee and women’s rights.
“I want to use my voice and my story as a way to help de-stigmatize what it means to be a refugee,” says Sara. “I think people often forget that refugees are human beings too, with families, with dreams, with lives that have been turned upside down. I believe it’s important to continue to educate and to help save as many people as possible.”
About Sara Mardini
Sara, a top-tier, competitive swimmer from a young age, now lives and works in Greece and is currently a volunteer lifeguard for Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), a Greek nonprofit organization that provides emergency response and humanitarian aid in times of crisis. In 2016, Sara was a speaker and ambassador for the first-ever Refugee team at the Rio Olympics and also spoke at the first-ever United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants. She has given talks around the world and is the focus of an in-production documentary titled “She is Syria”.
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