“I want my country to be like the United States Someday”. “This is my dream”…. Manute bol
Manute Bol was one of Sudan’s greatest philanthropists who died way before his
dream of seeing a very developed and peaceful Sudan come to fruition. His confession
and hope of one day seeing a peaceful and successful Sudan are extremely clear indi-
cations of what ran through the mind of the second tallest Basketball player in the USA, NBA history.
Manute was a true Sports hero and celebrity who spent almost all his fortune of over $6 million trying to help his people in Sudan. He did not only have a very big dream but had a very big heart to match. Despite his giant efforts to try and help bring peace to Sudan, the former NBA star did not achieve much. On the contrary, he made some enemies in high places who feared that he secretly harbored plans to maybe lead the country one day because of his popularity, money and influence. From the Dinka tribe in Southern Sudan, his people are the most persecuted and under-privileged in Sudan.
When Mr. Bol first arrived the United States, he was impressed by a few major issues…Peace, democracy, freedoms, structural development etc which was plenty in the United States as opposed to the war ravaged Sudan. He confessed that he would like to see Sudan become like the United States. Unfortunately his dream did not even get close. His actions went very, very far though.
Manute Bol died from Kidney failure at the age of 47 on Saturday 19th June 2010 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was gentle and kind which to some was at times to his own detriment. He attended anything organized to generate money and attention for the tragedies in Sudan even if he was suffering due to leg problems from so much height. He even accepted to fight (boxing) on TV against a certain boxer ‘Refrigerator Perry’ to raise money for his people back home. “Whatever I can do to help my people I will do” he said. Unfortunately his people were or rather the government in power failed and disappointed him a great deal. He gave so much but received little in comparison.
The Guinness Book of World Records recognized him as one of the tallest people in human history. Unfortunately he died before seeing the creating of an independent homeland (country) for his people today called South Sudan.