At 8 years old, Guor Marial escaped from a labor camp and ran for his life. Twenty years later, he will run for his country.
After escaping enslavement by armed captors twice as a child, Guor moved to the United States and found a love of running. Now, less than a month after his homeland, South Sudan, celebrated the first anniversary of its independence, they will have another reason to cheer. Guor will be in London competing in the marathon at the 2012 Olympics.
Guor won’t be running under the South Sudan flag because the world’s newest nation doesn’t have an official international sports organization, but he will still be representing his country.
“The South Sudan has finally got a spot in the world community,” Guor said. “Even though I will not carry their flag in this Olympic Games, the country itself is there. The dream has come true. The hope of South Sudan is alive.”
Read the rest of Guor’s story in the Los Angeles Times.
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