A former member of a Sudanese child labor camp will now achieve his dream and will compete at the Olympic Games.
Guor Marial used to hide in caves and work in a child labor camp. He fled his country and arrived in the United States and has been cleared by the IOC to compete despite not having a passport or official country.
The marathon runner will compete at the London Olympics under the Olympic flag.
Marial, 28, was born in what is now the newly independent country of South Sudan. South Sudan doesn't not have an Olympic body as of yet. Marial was a marathon runner at Iowa State University and qualified for the Olympics in his first ever marathon last year.
"The voice of South Sudan has been heard," Marial said. "The South Sudan has finally got a spot in the world community. Even though I will not carry their flag in this Olympic Games, the country itself is there. The dream has come true. The hope of South Sudan is alive."
Marial is a permanent resident of the United States, but does not have official citizenship yet. The IOC decided to give him a shot anyway after he didn't qualify under US or Sudanese rules.
He said that he didn't want to compete for the Sudan team because he had lost 28 family members to violence or disease during the civil conflict that tore the Sudan apart.
Marial took up running as a chance to survive. He and another child ran away from the labor camp that he was forced to work at. They would hide in caves at night and start running at dawn following the sun's path.
Marial said in a recent interview, "I used to hate running. I was running back home to save my life."
Marial used to run for his life and now he is running for pride and honor. Good luck, Guor.