Yusra Mardini Father Mohamed Ezzat Mardini and Family Details

Yusra Mardini is in a team of international athletes who represent sports brand 'Under Armour'
Yusra Mardini is in a team of international athletes who represent sports brand 'Under Armour'( Source : facebook )

Yusra Mardini father name is Mohamed Ezzat Mardini. Yusra Mardini sister name is Sarah Mardini.  

Yusra was born on 5 March 1998. She is originally from Darayya, Damascus, Syria. Yusra had to migrate to Germany with her sister, Sara, after her house was attacked in the Syrian Civil War.

Yusra Mardini was trained for swimming by the Syrian Olympic Committee while growing up in Darayya. She was a Refugee Olympic Athletes team member, which was completed in Rio De Janeiro under the Olympic flag Summer Olympics 2016. She competed in Tokyo with the Refugee Olympic Team in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The talented girl was appointed as UNHCR's Goodwill Ambassador on 27 April 2017. She has also represented Syria in the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championship 200-metre individual medley, 200-meter freestyle, and 400-meter freestyle events. After landing in Germany, Yusra continued her swimming training with her coach Sven Spannenkrebs in Berlin with the hope of qualifying for the Olympics.

Mardini has been the latest addition to the team of international athletes to represent the Under Armour sports brand.

Meet Yusra Mardini's Parents

Yusra Mardini's parents Mervat and Ezzat Mardini are from a Muslim Community and once led a comfortable life.

Her mother's name is Mervat and she was a physiotherapist. Her father, Mohamed Ezzat Mardini, was a swimming coach who took Mardini and her sisters to the pool on Saturdays.

She has a little sister too named Shahed. Her mother and her younger sister Shahed are living with her in a new flat in Berlin.

Everything was going normally in their life until the Syrian Civil War started which drastically changed their life. According to Mardini's statement in Vogue magazine, At first, she hardly noticed what was going on and tried to live like a normal kid going to school and swimming.

After things got worst, Yusra's mother send her and her sister to Turkey where they reached Turkey via Lebanon and were smuggled into Greece. They traveled by boat with other 18 refugees. The boat's engine started to fail as the carrying capacity of the boat was only 6 to 7 people.

At that moment, the two sisters pushed the boat for almost 3 hours. Then they reached Germany and settled in Berlin. 

Who Is Her Sister Sarah Mardini and Where Are They Now?

Like Yusra Mardini, her sister Sarah Mardini is also a Syrian competitive swimmer. She lives in Berlin, Germany.

Her exact date of birth is not disclosed anywhere but by looking at the pictures, there seems to be not much difference between the two sisters. She is considered a hero who saved the life of refugees from drowning while traveling on the same boat to Germany from Syria. She is a Syrian woman human rights defender.

Yusra Mardini with her sisters Sarah Mardini and Shahed Mardini
Yusra Mardini with her sisters Sarah Mardini and Shahed Mardini ( Source : facebook )

Sarah, along with a German citizen and rescue diver, Sean Binder, was arrested on charges like smuggling, espionage, unlawful use of radio frequencies, and fraud in 2018, according to a news report from Aljazeera.

However, Sarah denies all the charges, and her lawyers have dismissed them as baseless. She was kept in jail for more than three months. Sarah was diagnosed with PTSD and depression after she got arrested.

The Mardini sisters' story of struggle can be read from the short story collection "Good Night Stories." Yusra Mardini's autobiography titled " Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian-My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph" was published on May 2018.

True story of Yusra Mardini on the Netflix movie "The Swimmers"

The Netflix movie "The Swimmers" is based on the true story of two sisters who are forced to leave their home in Syria after the Syrian Civil War and become refugees. 

Real life sisters Nathalie Issa and Manal Issa will be casting as Yusra and Sarah in
Real life sisters Nathalie Issa and Manal Issa will be casting as Yusra and Sarah in "The Swimmers" ( Source : theguardian )

The story of Yusra and Sarah Mardini in the movie explains how the young girls spend three hours swimming alongside the boat to save the refugees traveling with them to the Greek island of Lebos. The film highlights the bad and good times the sisters had and the psychological effect they had due to the war. 

The role of Yusra and Sarah Mardini is played by real-life sisters Nathalie Issa and Manal Issa who use their swimming skills to save the lives of refugees. The movie is directed by Sally El Hosaini and screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne. The movie is going to premiere on November 23, 2022 on Netflix. 

Some facts about Yusra Mardini

  1. Yusra is a competitive swimmer who represented her country, Syria in international competitions prior to the war in Syria.
  2. She was appointed as the youngest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on 27 April 2017.
  3. Apart from Sarah, Yusra has another younger sister named Shahed.
  4. Yusra has been added to the team of international athletes to represent the 'Under Armour' sports brand.
  5. She represented Syria in the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships 200-metre individual medley, 200-meter freestyle, and 400-meter freestyle events.

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