Basketball star Deng heads home

Luol Deng is the multi-millionaire face of the Chicago Bulls, and one of President Barack Obama's favourite basketball players. But that is only part of his extraordinary story.

He is also a mainstay of the Team GB basketball team - courtesy of the British passport he was given 20 years ago, after he and his family fled the civil war in Southern Sudan.

In this audio slideshow, for the BBC's World Olympic Dreams series, reporter Tim Franks followed Luol Deng to Kenya to meet Sudanese refugees - and saw him make an emotional return to his home country, where people are preparing to vote in a referendum on independence from the north.

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Tim Franks has also produced a video report of Luol Deng's journey home.

Luol Deng's visit to Kenya and Southern Sudan can be seen on BBC World News and BBC World News America during 25 August 2010.

It will also feature on Crossing Continents on BBC Radio 4 at 1100 on 26 August, and on the BBC World Service during 2 September. Or get the programme podcast.

Images courtesy UNHCR/Ricardo Gangale, Bhasker Solanki, Edward Main and Getty Images.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 25 August 2010.

Related links

Luol Deng Foundation


Luol Deng's NBA profile

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