James’s father died in the war in South Sudan as a soldier in 1999. At 13, James fled to Kenya to avoid being captured as a child soldier for the rebels. He started in the sport of running in school at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
He often had to train with bare feet, resulting in many injuries, but James kept on running. With the help of UNHCR, he joined the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in 2013 and has been training there ever since. He is 28.