Former "lost boy" James Adol was 8 years old when he had to flee his village in Sudan. His village had no electricity and no running water, and when the government started dropping bombs by his home, many people didn't even know why, he said.
Adol and his mother were were separated amid the chaos, and he had no choice but to continue following the crowd to Ethiopia.
"It was not a journey that you can take a plane, a car, you don't even have even a bicycle. You did not have shoes. It was just my bare feet," he said on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday. "And I trekked. I trekked across the desert."
Beck spoke with Adol and a number of other former lost boys on his television program to promote the new movie "The Good Lie" starring Reese Witherspoon. Ger Duany, who also stars in the movie, was on the program as well.
But it was Adol who gave a pep talk for America.
After sharing how he trekked from Sudan to Ethiopia at 8 years old, hiding during the day to avoid the government bombs, he expressed gratitude for the opportunities in America, and said anyone who complains about a lack of opportunity needs to "get up and do something."
"[What do you think] when you hear people say, 'I can't make it, there's no chance for me, there's no opportunity,'" Beck asked.
Adol grew animated, and said everybody absolutely can make it.
"I will tell them you can make it!" he said. "You are talking of something you really don't know. Get up and do something. You're going to make it."
More from the interview, below (motivational comments around 4 minutes in):
And more about Adol's experience in Sudan -- and how he found out fifteen years later that his mother was alive -- below:
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