Friday feel-good alert! In 1991, 6-year old Lopez Lomong was snatched from his family and taken by Sudanese rebels to be one of the numerous child soldiers who came to be known as the "Lost Boys of the Sudan." Lopez was eventually able to escape and was ultimately discovered in a work camp by Catholic Charities, who placed him with an American family in upstate New York, where he quickly became a cross-country and track star. "In my country, soccer players are athletes," he said. "But runners? Everybody runs. You want to go to a neighbor's house, you run. You want to go to school, you run." Now, Lopez is competing in the Beijing Olympics. More remarkable still, he's been reunited with his birth family, who had long assumed their son was dead. (In the movie version, he'll obviously win Gold.) [The Guardian]


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