William Kopati, 22, was a high-jumper and long-jumper in Bangui. That was before he was forced to flee in late March 2013, when militants attacked the house where he was living.
Since 2006, Kopati has competed several times in the national championships for high jump, long jump and 400-meter run -- winning the gold medal for high-jump in 2009.
"In 2009, I won the gold medal in long jump in the national championships. I cleared 1.7 meters. I entered my last competition in 2012, before I was forced to flee."