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Sudan Child Soldier Turned U.S. Olympian


World  (tags: world, africa, humanrights, goodnews, Child Soldier now a hero )

Rose
- 689 days ago - edition.cnn.com
(CNN) -- From escaping bullets in Sudan as a young boy to becoming a track and field Olympics star, U.S. athlete Lopez Lomong has been running and defying odds nearly all of his life.



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alicia m. (100)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 12:14 am
noted, gracias
 

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Wednesday September 5, 2012, 12:26 am
"From escaping bullets in Sudan as a young boy to becoming a track and field Olympics star, U.S. athlete Lopez Lomong has been running and defying odds nearly all of his life.
Lomong, who carried the American flag into the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing, was among the thousands of refugees known as "The Lost Boys," victims of Sudan's long and brutal civil war.
At the age of six, Lomong, who qualified Wednesday for the 5,000-meter final at the London Games on August 11, was separated from his family when he was kidnapped by soldiers during a Sunday morning mass in his native country. Lomong was taken along with several other children to a prison where they would be trained to become child soldiers.
"I saw kids dying every day and I would say, 'OK, maybe next time it's going to be me,'" remembers Lomong, 27. "That basically changed my life and from that moment I'm no longer six years old -- I became an adult." [...] "
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 12:31 am
Thank you again Irme what would I do with out your help
 

Vivien Green (150)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 5:46 am
Great post thank you Rose.
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Past Member (0)
Thursday September 6, 2012, 3:29 am
This a great post Cheers Rose
 

Yvonne F. (163)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 12:33 am
What a great story!!!!! Thanks Rose
 
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