From child soldier in South Sudan to musician and activist

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.



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