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Emmanuel Jal: the music of a war child 0

Aug31

Hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal first exploded into dance halls with Gua in 2005. But Jal’s life story is torn by darker sides.

Swept up into the Sudanese rebel army at age seven, he was forced to fight in Ethiopia and Sudan, where he finally escaped with 400 fellow soldiers, 16 of whom survived, the rest succumbing to starvation, ambush and animal attacks.

After three months, Jal arrived at a refugee camp in Waat, where he was adopted by aid worker Emma McCune and later sent to England.

Jal found an outlet for his turbulent life story in music. Microphone is his new weapon. He is active in charity work across Africa, fighting against poverty and child warfare.

War Child, his biography, was released in early 2009 along with a documentary film.

The following video has been made during the TED Conference, an American association that twice a year gathers the most influent and innovative people in the world, making their ideas heard.

Ted’s mission is “Ideas worth spreading”.

By Staff – Afronline

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