The death of Manute Bol not only marks the passing of a great basketball player but someone who brought attention to the issues of southern Sudan. Manute Bol selflessly contributed both his time and financial resources to improving the lives of southern Sudanese. It was my honor to have met him in this connection while serving in the U.S. Department of State.
Former NBA basketball player Manute Bol speaks to the crowd before the the New Year's Eve ball rises over Times Square in New York in this October 15, 2006 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Keith Bedford.