Emmanuel Jal

South Sudan


In the war-torn region of Southern Sudan, Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child soldier on an unknown date in the early 1980s. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences. Emmanuel has released four studio albums: Gua, Ceasefire, Warchild and See Me Mama. He was one of the lead characters in ‘The Good Lie’ alongside Reese Witherspoon following the journey of three ‘Lost Boys’ from South Sudan to the US.

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“The biggest gift I ever gave was to forgive those who harmed me, those who destroyed my home. When I did that, the whole world opened up. I was able to gather strengths, and I was able to do what I’m doing now.”

Emmanuel Jal