South Sudan Presidential Candidate, Bol Gai Deng. By night he offloads trucks, by day he runs campaign

Bor Gai Deng is a South Sudanese American based in Virginia Deng pursues the presidency of the world’s newest country.

Bol Gai Deng runs his campaign during day and do manual jobs at night to achieve his dreams.

In some ways, it isn’t clear whether Deng is equipped for the task he has set for himself. For one thing, his presidential campaign requires expensive travel and security setups, and a GoFundMe page falls far short of its listed financial goal.

He campaigns largely through social media, but the Facebook page for his campaign has fewer than 5,000 likes. He supports himself through a night job at Lowe’s, which does not give him the sort of international relations credentials one might expect from an aspiring world leader.

Deng, who came to the United States about 20 years ago as a refugee, has not given up on trying to become president of his home country.

He believes that pressure from the U.S. and the United Nations could push Kiir to hold elections.

Deng’s campaign involves holding rallies in Washington, D.C., and near U.N. headquarters in New York City, speaking at churches, traveling to Africa when he can (though he does not enter South Sudan for security reasons), working with refugee and immigrant populations in the U.S. and broadcasting speeches and Q&A sessions over social platforms such as Facebook Live.

Even if not elected president, Deng said he would not give up on the cause of South Sudan. “I will always turn up for humanity, that is my dream.”

Political science at VCU did not make me become a politician. It had me become a human rights activist.

In 1987, when I was a young boy from the Dinka Tribe in Aweil, Sudan, radical Arab Islamic militia viciously attacked my own village. They murdered most of the village’s citizens and abducted more than 700 children.

I was among them at the age of seven years old at the time. We were taken to the western part of Sudan, where we were sold as child slaves and forced to follow the Islamic religion with Sharia Law.

After several years in shackles, I was able to escape to Egypt, where I found the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services. They allowed me to escape the horrors of radical Islam and slavery; I was then sponsored by a Christian Church in Virginia.

Years later, I graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University, with a double major in Political Science and Homeland Security.