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.
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