Emmanuel Jal‘s call for Peace in Sudan and launches the groundbreaking music video featuring celebrities such as Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Peter Gabriel, The Elders (Kofi Anann, Jimmy Carter, Sir Richard Branson, Fernando H Cardoso) Directed by Anna Gabriel and yes, Me FiRi GHANA alongside Ernest Simons & Silvastone showed our support for the true gentleman/artist Emmanuel Jal within his amazing “We Want Peace” Music Video:
On January 9, 2011, Southern Sudan will vote on whether or not to secede from the North and become its own country. The hope is that the referendum will bring peace and freedom to Southern Sudan; the fear is it will ignite another civil war.
However, Emmanuel Jal – a former child soldier turned recording artist – is on the front lines of the fight for the people of Southern Sudan. Having survived a civil war that claimed the lives of 2 million people, including his mother, Jal has turned to music, activism and raising funds to build schools for the war children of Sudan.
Jal was quoted saying: “We don’t want what happened in Rwanda to take place. We want the international community to put their eyes into the situation. What I always believe in is, A thief would not steal when people are screaming. If enough people are screaming, the thief will run away. If we have more eyes into Sudan, it’s going to be hard for the government led by Omar al-Bashir to actually commit genocide.” (Al-Bashir is currently wanted by the International Criminal Court for three counts of genocide in Darfur.)
People in the South are standing their ground, determined to vote for their freedom. When Jal was a child soldier, he could never have imagined such a vote taking place.
At 8 years old, Jal was armed with an AK-47 by the Sudan Peopleʼs Liberation Army and told to consider his family. His mother was killed and his aunt and sister were raped during the war. For five years, he was a child soldier, witnessing more bloodshed than anyone, especially a child, ever should. He was rescued by “an angel,” British aid worker who smuggled Jal into Kenya and put him into school. Without her, he likely would not have survived.
Nevertheless, Jal took the opportunity and when in School he started to understand the economic forces behind the war in his country and how other people around the world were suffering too. Emmanuel Jal learned about Ghandi and Martin Luther King and is quoted saying that
“When you have information and you are educated, it can help you with your healing process.”
Now has used his gift to speak up for those who cannot and shares an emotional message with celebrities such as Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Peter Gabriel, The Elders (Kofi Anann, Jimmy Carter, Sir Richard Branson, Fernando H Cardoso.
Me FiRi GHANA is in support of Emmanuel Jal’s campaign as he urges all of you to share the video and spread the word about the referendum on our Facebook, Twitter and Myspace pages.
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