Book Club Claire is back to discuss Olympian Lopez Lomong’s book “Running for my Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games.”
Lopez has had a remarkable life so far: He was kidnapped by Sudanese rebel fighters, escaped that situation with people he called his “angels,” spent most of his childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp, and was chosen to move to the United States where he developed his running talents and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic teams in 2008 and 2012. He’s still competing for a spot on the Tokyo 2020 team and working to improve conditions in South Sudan.
Here are some resources to help you learn more and help out:
- Lopez Lomong’s 4 South Sudan Foundation
- South Sudan timeline – BBC
- Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement
- Olympic Refuge Foundation
- Olympic Solidarity
- Refugee Olympic Team
And if you’re curious about Alison’s latest beef with Mary Carillo, that was from “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” Episode 183.
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