The other day I saw this audio slideshow of BBC World News of Chicago Bull, Luol Deng, returning to refugee camps in Northern Kenya and Southern Sudan. Most sports fans know Deng’s rags to riches story: as a young boy, he and his family fled their home in Sudan and now he is one of the highest paid athletes in the NBA. During his visit, Deng spent time playing basketball with the youth of the camp, visiting with the residents and speaking with the Lost Boys of Sudan. They were boys in 1987 when they had to leave their homes with nothing but now they are men – still living in a refugee camp and no one to return to in Sudan.
I’ve long admired the Luol Deng not only for his athleticism but also because, in his fortune, he has not forgotten his routes. The Luol Deng Foundation aims to help his countrymen through health and education.