Versione italiana | Search in site:

South Sudan's marathonete

Guor Marial will compete under Olympic flag

Marathonete Guol Marial (picture by Reuters)

Marathonete Guol Marial (picture by Reuters)

South Sudan refugee, 28-year old Guor Marial, will run at the London Games under the Olympic flag. His Country has been independent just for one year and has got no Olympic Committee, yet. The International Olympic Committee suggested him as an alternative to compete under Sudanese flag, but this option is unthinkable for the Country ruled by Omar Bashir has exterminated his family. 

The marathonete escaped Sudan at age 15. He was granted the status of refugee and he was sent to New Hampshire with an uncle. There he joined an athletics club. Watching the 2004 and 2008 Games, he thought: "If I work hard enough, I can run at the Olympics". 

Now his dream has come true. In Minneapolis Marial ran a 26,2 km race in just 2 hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds and he qualified for London. Now he has been training 7 days a week, but not at all costs. If he had had to run under Sudanese flag, he wouldn't have done "in honour of the 2 million people murdered by Bashir's militaries". 

24 July 2012

Don’t miss the story of the Righteous and the memory of Good

Once a month you will receive articles and events selected by Gariwo Editorial Board. Please fill out the field below and click on subscribe.

Crimes of genocide and against the humankind

the denial of the individual's value

The first legal definition in the domain of mass persecution dates back to 1915 and concerns the massacres of the Armenian populations perpetrated by the Turks, which were followed by the trials of the perpetrators before the Martial Court. In the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920 the Great Powers use the terms "crimes against civilization" and "crimes of lèse-humanity". In the aftermath of Second World War, face the Holocaust tragedy, the Military Tribunal of the Nurnberger Trials against Nazi officials started the proceeding by stating the crimes on which it was competent... On 9 December 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously approved the Convention for the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, which is considered as the most heinous crime against Humanity. 

read more

Featured story

Italian Coast Guard

women and men that risk their lives to save the ones on the run from hunger and violence