Emmanuel JalMusician & Humanitarian
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“I’m still a soldier, fighting with my pen and paper for peace.”
From child soldier in war-torn South Sudan to internationally acclaimed hip hop artist, Emmanual Jal isn’t just performing words of peace and reconciliation, he’s living them.
Jal co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the Warner Brothers motion picture, The Good Lie, based on The Lost Boys of Sudan, orphans fleeing war in South Sudan who walked as far as a thousand miles to find safety.
He has released five studio albums, written his autobiography, Warchild, and seen the documentary of the same name win 12 awards.
Emmanuel has performed at Live 8, Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert, and for the Dalai Lama. He has taken part in the Oxfam Climate Change Campaign, CNN Freedom Project, and Amnesty International’s Toast to Freedom single.
He has spoken alongside Kofi Annan, Matt Dillon, and Angelina Jolie and has addressed the United Nations, the United States’ Congress, the G20 Summit, the Carter Centre, One Young World, Rotary International Conferences, and TEDGlobal.
He has been involved with the British Council, Clinton Global Initiative, Adolescent Girls Initiative (World Bank and Nike Foundation), Child Soldiers Initiative, the launch of Ericsson’s Refugees Reunited Software, and is an Amnesty International Spokesperson.
- In 2012 Jal was made a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum
- Read about Emmanuel in The Economist
- Listen to Emmanuel speak at TEDGlobal
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