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Mississagua Article | Former Child Soldier Now Fights For Peace

For much of his childhood, Emmanuel Jal’s most constant companion was his AK-47.

From age 8 to 13, the gun was always at his side as he fought as a child soldier in the bloody Sudanese civil war, which raged from 1983 to 2005 and claimed an estimated two million lives.

Through a series of miraculous events, he survived the horrific conflict and eventually became the man he is today, using his voice through music to spread his message of peace and reconciliation.

This morning, Jal, now in his mid-30s, was at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School to talk about his experiences as part of the Erin Mills school’s Black History Month activities.

Jal riveted the students with a no-holds barred account of what he went through.

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