SAO PAULO | Ethiopia’s top Paralympian now living as refugee in Brazil

SAO PAULO | Ethiopia’s top Paralympian now living as refugee in Brazil

SAO PAULO  — Tamiru Kefeyalew’s life changed for the worse when he won Ethiopia’s only medal of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.

For the last two years he has lived as a refugee in Brazil, first in a camp, then a church, then a shelter for the homeless. He now sleeps on a mattress on the floor of a shared dormitory-like room, his meager possessions — including his Paralympic silver medal — stuffed into a small wardrobe.

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