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Former Sudanese Child Soldier, Hip-Hop Artist Emmanuel Jal to Speak at FSU
09/22/2008

Emmanuel Jal, a former Sudanese child soldier turned hip-hop artist and an advocate for social justice and human rights, will speak on the horrors of civil war and his experiences as a rebel fighter in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the FSU Lane University Center Manicur Assembly Hall.

To this day, Jal doesn’t know when he was born or exactly how old he is. His story began in Sudan when he was no more than 6 years old and was sent away to become a soldier in one of history’s most brutal civil wars. Hailed as the “rising star of African Hip-Hop,” Jal is the central figure of the internationally acclaimed “War Child” documentary. His third album and international solo release, “WARchild,” has launched Jal into the spotlight for its profound, empowering messages of peace and reconciliation. Jal is also the founder of Gua Africa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and ensuring sustainable development of local communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact the FSU Diversity Center at (301) 687-4050.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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