Manute Bol

Former NBA player Manute Bol recently died. He was only 47 years old. He was incredibly tall and not well coordinated but he had many fans. He played for several teams during his career.

His off court life was what amazed this blogger. He once called the United Nations a failure. He was not afraid to label the African Union forces as being weak and ineffectual. He publicly urged NATO to invade his home country to stop the crimes against humanity that were occuring.

“Everyday we are losing life, losing life. If no action is taken, by next year you’re gonna see a million lives lost.”

He pleaded with congressmen to take action, telling them that his people in the southern areas of Sudan were being decimated by the Arab Muslims from the North. He got nothing but silence from them.

So Manute reached into his own pockets and spent about $3.5 million of his own money to help support the starving refugees who had witnessed their homes and families being destroyed.

When he died, he was financially broke.

June 24, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. You gotta admire Manute, even if not for his round ball skills.

    There are at least a dozen African countries that have lost at least as many people to genocidal conflict over relatively short periods of time during the last 30-40 years as were killed in the WWII Jewish Holocaust. Rwanda, Congo and Sudan all come to mind. Nobody ever says anything about them.

    You gotta wonder why that is. Children of a lesser God is my guess.

    Comment by reddog | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. Those are civil wars and we rightfully stay out of their business. The U.N. was created to deal with things like this but they have failed miserably.

    There was a movie entitled “Children of a Lesser God” back in the 80’s. It was really good. William Hurt was the star and seemed to have dropped off Earth since then.

    Comment by cutshoot | June 25, 2010 | Reply

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