I want to take this opportunity to raise awareness of refugees all around the world,” Marial said. “The last time I saw my family was 1993. That’s almost 20 years. They will be able to watch me on TV (today). The nearest town is 30 miles away and it is the rainy season in South Sudan. There is no vehicle or official road, so they will have to walk.
I just want to tell them I love them so much. The whole country will be with me here. I hope to also bring awareness to the country and hope the young generation will see me and will be able to dream high for the years to come. But one dream has come true. The voice of South Sudan is alive."
Guor Marial, a marathon runner who is competing as an International Olympic Athlete. He is not running for any country.
His story to the olympics is absolutely incredible.
(read it here: http://www.amestrib.com/sections/sports/isu-cyclones/olympics-marial-runs-without-country.html)