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War Child

A Child Soldier's Story

Emmanuel Jal, read by Ademola Adeyemo

Macmillan Audio

In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a seven year old Sudanese boy, living in a small village with his parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. But as Sudan’s civil war moved closer—with the Islamic government seizing tribal lands for water, oil, and other resources—Jal’s family moved again and again, seeking peace. Then, on one terrible day, Jal was separated from his mother, and later learned she had been killed; his father Simon rose to become a powerful commander in the Christian Sudanese Liberation Army, fighting for the freedom of Sudan. Soon, Jal was conscripted into that army, one of 10,000 child soldiers, and fought through two separate civil wars over nearly a decade.
 
But, remarkably, Jal survived, and his life began to change when he was adopted by a British aid worker. He began the journey that would lead him to change his name and to music: recording and releasing his own album, which produced the number one hip-hop single in Kenya, and from there went on to perform with Moby, Bono, Peter Gabriel, and other international music stars.
 
Shocking, inspiring, and finally hopeful, War Child is a memoir by a unique young man, who is determined to tell his story and in so doing bring peace to his homeland.

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  • War Child - Trailer

    18th Street Films presents War Child, a feature documentary film on Emmanuel Jal, former South Sudanese child soldier turned international hiphop sensation (ER, Blood Diamond, Live8).

  • War Child by Emmanuel Jal--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Emmanuel Jal's memoir War Child: A Child Soldier's Story. In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a seven-year-old Sudanese boy living in a small village. But then his mother was killed and his father Simon rose to become a powerful commander in the Christian Sudanese Liberation Army, fighting for the freedom of Sudan. Soon, Jal was conscripted into that army, one of 10,000 child soldiers, and fought through two separate civil wars over nearly a decade.

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“I was enormously impressed meeting Emmanuel Jal.  He is an extraordinary artist, led by the heart….I felt I was meeting a man with the potential of a young Bob Marley.  There is a generosity and compassion in his approach to the world that is an inspiration to me, and I am sure it will be to many others.” –Peter Gabriel

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Emmanuel Jal, read by Ademola Adeyemo

  • Emmanuel Jal now lives in London.  His music has been featured in the movie Blood Diamond, the documentary God Grew Tired of Us, and in three episodes of ER.  He is a spokesman for Amnesty International and Oxfam, and has done work for Save the Children, UNICEF, World Food Programme, Christian Aid, and other charities, and has established his own charitable foundation, Gua Africa, to help former Sudanese child soldiers. 
  • Emmanuel Jal © Nigel James, junofieldimages.com
    Emmanuel Jal
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War Child

A Child Soldier's Story

Emmanuel Jal, read by Ademola Adeyemo

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Macmillan Audio

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