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  • Goldy George
    Max, 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
    Message 1 of 6 , May 12, 2005
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      Max,
      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
      Goldy
      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 eight.

      "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
      Salim.

      "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
      bag."

      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
      says.

      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
      together.



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    • Goldy George
      Max, 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
      Message 2 of 6 , May 12, 2005
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        Max,
        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
        Goldy
        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 eight.

        "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
        Salim.

        "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
        bag."

        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
        says.

        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
        together.




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      • Goldy George
        Max, 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
        Message 3 of 6 , May 12, 2005
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          Max,
          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
          Goldy
          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 eight.

          "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
          Salim.

          "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
          bag."

          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
          says.

          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
          together.




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        • nhek sophearith
          Dear 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
          Message 4 of 6 , May 15, 2005
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            Dear 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

            take care

            Always ,Phearith
            --- Goldy George <dalitstudycircle@...> wrote:
            > Max,
            > 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
            > Goldy
            > 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
            > eight.
            >
            > "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
            > Salim.
            >
            > "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
            > bag."
            >
            > 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
            > says.
            >
            > 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
            > together.
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
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