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Meet the runner with no country

July 30th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

By Mick Krever

(CNN) – More than 10,000 athletes are competing in the London Olympics, each representing a country. All, that is, except four.

One of the so-called “Independent Olympic Athletes” is Marathon runner Guor Marial. His country of South Sudan is so new – just over one year – that it doesn’t yet have an Olympic team.

It is safe to say that no one has had to overcome more hardship en route to the Olympic Games.

At age seven, he left his home and was forced to work for Sudanese soldiers, earning just a dollar per month.
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Give a child a camera and save the world

Give a child a camera and save the world
July 30th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

(CNN) – The eyes of a child see things differently than an adult. It's an idea that intrigued four young women in college. "If you could give a child a camera, they could tell a reality in a way that a foreigner, or even an adult, could not," co-founder Angela Francine Bullock says. Several years later, they turned that idea into a way to help children around the world and founded the nonprofit 100cameras.

The concept is simple. 100cameras staff members travel to countries armed with cameras. They partner with a local organization serving children in the community. For the next few weeks, they teach the children how to take photographs. Then they set those children free to capture their world and post the photos online. <<FULL STORY>>


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