Yusra Mardini is a Syrian swimming athlete.
Last week she became one of the three most impressing people I captured till now.
You better sit down, her story is breathtaking.
In 2015 she had to flew during the so called refugee crisis, after two of her training partners being shot and her natatorium being destroyed by a bomb.
On her way from Izmir, Turkey to Lesbos, Greece the inflatable dinghy which was designed for seven passengers but filled with 18 started to have problems with their outboard engine.
During the nine kilometer distance the boat threatened to sink, so Yusra, her sister and few other people that were capable of swimming got into the water and pulled the boat several hours to the shore of Lesbos.
They furthermore took the balkan route via Hungary, Vienna, Munich to Berlin.
June 2016 Yusra was nominated by the olympic committee as one of ten athletes to be part of the olympic refugee team during the olympic summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
She competed in 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
I captured Yusra one day after the refugee camp Moria on the greek island Lesbos completely burned down.
shut down fortress europe and leave no one behind!