War Child: A Child Soldier's Story

Category: Book
Contributions By: Davies, Megan Lloyd
By (author): Jal, Emmanuel
  HISTORY / Africa / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: February 2010
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.32in x 5.48in x 0.80in
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From The Publisher*In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a seven year old Sudanese boy, living in a small village with his family.  But as Sudan's civil war moved closer-with the Islamic government seizing tribal lands for water, oil, and other resources-Jal's family was forced to move again and again, seeking peace. Jal's father 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.    Orphaned and adrift, Jal lived through horror: witnessing the deaths of friends and family members; killing soldiers and civilians with a gun he could barely lift; starving to the point of near-cannibalism, and coming to the edge of suicide.  But, remarkably, Jal survived; escaping the army, he began the journey that would lead him to music: recording hip-hop songs about his life and performing 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.
Review Quote*Praise for War Child :   "Fast-paced… stark… a provocative challenge." - The New York Times "Jal's story… fits securely in the history of Sudan's second civil war but also stands on its own." -TIME
Biographical NoteEMMANUEL JAL now lives in London. 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. In May 2008 released his first studio album, Warchild (Sonic 360).  A documentary about Jal's life, also called War Child, premiered to acclaim at the 2008 Berlin and the Tribeca Film Festivals.