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Profession: Singer, Musician
Date of Birth: 1980
Emmanuel Jal is a South Sudanese musician and former child soldier, he has a net worth of $1.2 million. Emmanuel Jal has earned his net worth as a young musician from Sudan who has recorded and released four studio albums. He was born in 1980 in the village of Tonj in southern Sudan; he was only a child at the start of the Second Sudanese Civil War. He was seven when his mother was killed by soldiers; his father was member of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). After losing his mother Jal decided to join the thousands of children traveling to Ethiopia the children were they could be educated there. However this was a lie and Jal along with the other children was force to become soldiers and fight in the war. After several years of fighting Jal and some of the others ran away and wound up in Waat. Jal was befriended there by Emma McCune a British aid worker who was married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar. McCune adopted Emmanuel and smuggled him to Kenya, and there he was finally able to attend school in Nairobi. After McCune died her friends (Madeliene Bunting and Anna Ledgard) helped Emmanuel to continue his studies. However, Machar the husband of McCune did not want Emmanuel staying with him, so he was forced to live in the slums. He has formed several groups. His first single, "All We Need Is Jesus", was a hit in Kenya and received airplay in the UK. Jal hopes that his music will help form a unity of the citizens to overcome ethnic and religious division and motivate the youth in Sudan. In 2008 C. Karim Chrobog made a documentary about Emmanuel Jal called War Child.
Emmanuel Jal (born c. 1980) is a South Sudanese musician and former child soldier.
Born in the village of Tonj in Southern Sudan, Jal was a young child when the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out. His father joined the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and when he was about seven years old his mother was killed by soldiers loyal to the government. He then decided to join the thousands of children traveling to Ethiopia who had been told that they could be educated there.
However, many of the children, Jal included, were recruited by the SPLA and taken to military training camps in the bush in Etwas disguised as a school in front of international aid agencies and UN representatives, but behind closed doors the children were training to fight. "I didn't have a life as a child. In five years as a fighting boy, what was in my heart was to kill as many Muslims as possible."
Jal spent several years fighting with the SPLA in Ethiopia, until war broke in and out, there too and the child soldiers were forced back into Sudan by the fighting and joined the SPLA's efforts to fight the government in the town of Juba. "Many kids there were so bitter, they wanted to know what happened to them. And we all wanted revenge."
When the fighting became unbearable Jal and some other children decided to run away. They were on the move for three months, with many dying on the way, until they reached the town of Waat, which was the headquarter of a small group that had separated themselves from the main SPLA.
In Waat, Jal met Emma McCune, a British aid worker married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar. Emmanuel was only 11 years old then and McCune insisted he should not be a soldier. She adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya. There Emmanuel attended school in Nairobi. McCune died in a road accident a few months later, but her friends (Madeliene Bunting and Anna Ledgard) helped Emmanuel to continue his studies. However, after McCune died, her husband Machar did not agre

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