When Emmanuel Jal was just seven-years-old, he lost his mother to the conflict in South Sudan.
Jal was recruited as a child soldier and later found himself as a refugee in Kenya and Ethiopia after the British aid worker who adopted him died in a car crash.
Jal survived and documented his story in his autobiography “War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story.”
Today Jal is an activist and a Juno-nominated musician who lives in Toronto.
He is in Edmonton this weekend to make presentations at a youth forum at the University of Alberta and at an event at Garneau United Church.
He spoke to the CBC’s Rod Kurtz on Friday’s Radio Active.