Monday, August 24, 2009

Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child (from

First time I heard a former war child talk on He talks about his experiences as a child soldier, of being starved to the extent he considered eating his dead comrade, and how he now uses poetry and music to spread his advocacy of helping kids in war zones.

Jal, whose own childhood was robbed from him, aims to protect the childhood of others through music. "Music is powerful. It is the only thing that can speak into your mind, your heart and your soul without your permission." According to Jal, in times of war, starvation, hunger and injustice, the only way to survive the daily tragedy in Sudan is to allow the inner-soul to be uplifted through music, which is like soul food to heal pain. From Wikipedia.

Listen to his Tedtalk, here:

And listen to one of his songs "Warchild" here:
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