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Running from Sudan... to the London Olympics

July 27th, 2012
03:33 PM ET

Monday, Christiane Amanpour speaks Guor Marial, an athlete from the world’s newest country, South Sudan. The marathon runner was just seven years old when he was kidnapped and enslaved during the country’s civil war—a battle which took the lives of near 2 million people, including 28 members of his own family.In a daring escape, Marial ran away from his captors and sought refuge in the U.S. Next week he’ll be running in the Olympics. Not a citizen of the U.S. or South Sudan, Marial will be running as an independent in London. The full interview airs Monday at 2100 & 2300 CET, but you can watch a preview of the conversation about Marial's amazing story in the video above.



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    God+has+a+good +thing+4+him

    July 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  2. Anita Feho

    well i think this is really great but i would have prefered he ran for the U.S,because he found shelter and hope there. well, i do wish him the best and fullfillment.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • zach

      he cant because he hasnt recieved citizenship yet, but he is trying to they say

      July 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  3. sjb351

    Best of luck and all power to this man. I would so love to see him do well. May his life be one of nothing but success and joy from now on. Honestly, we don't know how lucky we are, sometimes.....

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    ..i think he's got all the drive he will ever need to succeed.i hope it works out well
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  6. Safiya Musa

    This is truly impressive. I wish him the very best...may the Lord be with all the Independent atheletes.

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    July 29, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
  8. Gongich C Ngueny

    Just Watched GUOR MArIAL on CNN with Christiane Amanpour! YOU gonna make it to the deadline at UK OLYMPIC as we did make it to the freedom at last in Sudan civil war. I hope that some of our fomer jiece al-amer (Lostboys) will see you live on the 12th of August 2012. we are so proud of you Marialdit! South Sudan OYEE!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
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    The northern Sudanese are predominantly muslems. The Southern Sudanese are predominantly Christains with oil. Same with Nigeria. Only God knows what the future holds for Nigeria. I hope Nigeria remains united 4 ever. God Bless Nigeria.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
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