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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 1 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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