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Olympic refugee team greeted as heroes on return to Kenya camp

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( CNN) A homecoming for any athlete who has appeared at an Olympics is special — but for five who competed at the Rio Olympics, the place they formerly called home was the vast refugee camp at Kakuma in Kenya.

They returned to a heroes’ welcome at the camp Monday, with one sign read: “You are gold medal winners in our eyes.” It followed an equally rapturous reception at Nairobi airport.

The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, said the athletes will stay among household friends in the camp for a week before returning to their training camp in the Nairobi suburbs.

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