104Re: [justpeaceinasia] Child Soldiers
- May 15, 2005Dear Goldy
Greeting from cambodia , eventhought i never massage
to you but i never forgot you oh so good that
Justpeace hold in your country i wish i could i know
more informtion from you all . i miss you all of
activitive we do together and language , i just
inform brother Goldy now Mr.Jea Young lee and all his
friend supported me to study i feel happy to much ,
how about your family ? i hope you are doing well
--- Goldy George <dalitstudycircle@...> wrote:
> Max,Discover Yahoo!
> Nothing heard from you for long with regards to the
> next Justpeace meet scheduled (as per plans) to be
> held in India. July I am seperating for an intensive
> writing of the remaining part of book plus editing.
> Warm regards
> max <maxediger@...> wrote:
> Sudan's Children take up the gun
> The Nation, 03-05-05
> Emmauel Jal was only eight when he learned to fire a
> gun and, as he
> listens to his African hit song "Gua", he reflects
> on his
> extraordinary, often violent life.
> An escaped child soldier from southern Sudan, Jal is
> being hailed as
> one of the hottest things to hit the African music
> scene for years.
> Gua � meaning "power" in Arabic and "good" in his
> native Nuer
> Language � was a top 10 hit in Kenya last year and
> brought him a
> growing following in the united States.
> On the song, which mixes reggae beats over a
> background of southern
> Sudanese female singers, her raps with other former
> soldiers who were
> among an estimated 10,000 children recruited by both
> government and
> rebels during Sudan's 20 year civil conflict.
> "The only thing I feared was the helicopter
> gunship," Jal, now in his
> late-20s, recalls. "They're bulletproof, so you
> could see the pilot
> laugh as your bullets bounced off.
> "Then he'd turn his guns on you."
> Jal, the son of a former police officer who fled the
> north to join
> the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), said
> he willingly
> joined up to fight with the rebels at the age of
> "We'd seen our houses burned, we'd seen the war
> taking place, we'd
> seen the killing," he said in London, where he is
> working in
> collaboration with venerated northern Sudanese
> musician Abdelgadir
> "So, we had that bitterness. When they asked if we
> wanted to learn to
> shoot we said: "Yes! Yes!".
> Jal says he was lucky to survive the conflict. After
> escaping from
> the SPLM with 400 other child soldiers, he was found
> in a refugee
> camp in southern Sudan by British aid worker Emma
> McCune, who
> smuggled him to Kenya on an aid flight. "I was
> hiding around bags,
> I'd hide and crawl," he said. "When a bag was moved,
> I moved with the
> When McCune died in a car crash in 1993, Jal was
> alone again aged 14,
> and it was around that time that he began to
> discover music, holding
> concerts to raise funds for ex-child soldiers and
> Nairobi street kids.
> "It was more about appreciating God, of everything
> he did for me," he
> It was also at this time that he was reunited with
> sister, from whom
> he had been separated for years.
> "She was looking for me. She walked to Ethiopia and
> then to Kenya and
> a guy said to her `We know your brother. He's a
> singer in Kenya."
> When his sister got in touch with Jal, he was unsure
> that she really
> was who she said she was.
> "Then when I smiled, she smiled � my teeth, my
> dimples. Oh! Surely
> you are my sister," he said. Showing the siblings'
> shared dimples as
> he smiled.
> In spite of his experiences, Jal said that on his
> last trip to
> Khartoum he did not experience hostility, making him
> optimistic about
> his country's future and the part his music will
> play in it.
> A peace agreement between the government and rebels
> early this year
> has improved the situation and spurred the process
> of demobilisation
> of child soliders.
> "There's a lot of work that needs to be done and if
> the government
> wants to succeed they have to look to our culture,"
> Jal says. "They
> have to allow the shaab (people), the muwatineen
> (citizens), to dance
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