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15 Jan Emmanuel Jal interview on South Sudan – Voice of Russia UK

“At the moment there are a lot of things happening. It was a political situation that has turned tribal. The government wanted to silence its opponents. A lot of different tribes died in Juba but apparently the presidential guard targeted the Nuer people. The good thing now is that it is reducing, both sides have begun to stop the violence.”...

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06 Jan Emmanuel Jal recipient of Mattie Stepanek Peacemaker Award

To receive an award for my efforts in peace activism, whilst my country is still in a state of violent chaos and stress makes me feel that this award is beyond my capabilities. I accept this award only on behalf of everyone in South Sudan who at this moment still hopes for a safer country, for freedom of speech, democracy, equal rights and peace. ...

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05 Jan Home Amid Despair in South Sudan

With his soulful songs about injustice, his work as an activist and his penchant for wrap-around sunglasses, Lam Tungwar is South Sudan’s homespun blend of Bono and Bob Marley. Tungwar was a child soldier before he became a hip-hop star, and his lyrics chronicle the despair of his country’s decades of violence but also the determination of South Sudan’s triumphant birth 21 / 2 years ago, when the largely Christian and African South split from the Muslim and Arab North, ending Africa’s longest civil war....

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20 Dec A Personal Message from Emmanuel Jal

I have decided to share my thoughts on the on going civil strife in South Sudan because I want to divert attention toward prevention of violence. As a people, South Sudan has suffered enough. We do not need more pain. We cannot go to war with ourselves. War means more child soldiers, women ,young girls getting raped, starvation, killing and killing of innocent people, I urge those instigating hatred and violence in my home country to immediately stop....

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18 Dec Emmanuel Jal Receives U.N. Peace Award

For Immediate Release. Masterpeace and We Want Peace Receives U.N. Recognition by Ban-Ki Moon for Peace Efforts Emmanuel Jal & DMC Receive Award for Creating Music for Peace ‘We Want Peace was formed to raise awareness and create conscious awakening. I received this award to shed attention to the ongoing conflict and now pressing situation in South Sudan. Over the past few days, violence has erupted once more in my home country with the increasing sense that the democratic system put in place is being threatened by our own government’s action. Elected governors and parliamentary members have been dismissed, creating factions within the army and threats to civilian security. I implore that we must move forward to protect the democracy, human rights and freedom of our people. Our government has to remain transparent and accountable with an open dialogue between its representatives and the public. Once again this conflict has reached the...

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08 Dec Musician Emmanuel Jal on his music, his work as a peace activist, and South Sudan

‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies

By Rudina Vojvoda - UNICEF - 

NEW YORK, United States of America, 7 December 2012 – At the age of 7, Emmanuel Jal walked hundreds of miles in search of an education. Born in a war-torn area that is now part of South Sudan, he joined thousands of children who were told schools awaited them in Ethiopia.
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18 Nov Emmanuel Jal Calls for Peace, Equality and Freedom For All Citizens

November 17th, 2012 Witness.org Blog
 A note from WITNESS: From the protest songs of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle to Latin America’s nueva canciónartists who sang in support of social movements, music has a long history of bringing people together, and rallying them around a cause. With the advent of music videos, musicians became visual artists as well.  And some of these artists are using this doubly powerful genre to fight back against the world’s human rights abuses. The Human Rights Channel, is recognizing these human rights defenders in a weekly series called “Rhythm and Rights.” On future Fridays, we’ll be adding a new music video to the playlist, highlighting artists who use their talents to highlight important issues.
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17 Nov South Sudanese Singer And Activist Emmanuel Jal Promotes His “We Want Peace” Campaign At The ABC Continuity Forum in Miami

By Nicole Rojas | n.rojas@latinospost.com | First Posted: Nov 16, 2012 12:42 PM EST - Latinos Post As a former child soldier in Sudan, South Sudanese singer and activist Emmanuel Jal knows what it is like to experience extreme violence in what he calls "hell on Earth." After surviving an endless civil war in his country and being forced to fight as a child soldier, Jal told participants at the ABC Continuity Forum 2012 that he is determined to promote peace worldwide.
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