Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini among refugees writing about their experiences

Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini is among a growing number of refugees who have turned their harrowing experiences into books

"(N)o one puts their children in a boat," writes Somali-British poet Warsan Shire in her poem Home, "unless the water is safer than the land".

This is why Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini, like so many people fleeing war-torn homelands, got into the boat that would become the scene which defined her for the world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Swimming for survival'. Print Edition | Subscribe