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War Child by Emmanuel Jal
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Jul 27, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in July, 2009

This memoir of Emmanuel Jal tells that he was a 7 year old Sudanese Christian when war came to his village. With his mother and four siblings he was on the run for two years, his mother died, his father sent him into the army as a 9 year old. He wasn’t tall or strong enough to hold his AK47, often. He starved, killed, went without food and water often. And now he is an international rap star, singing about what he knows. Unlike Ishmael Beah, Jal never dealt in an organized and systematic way with his PTSD and guilt for surviving when so many others did not. Jal had his music. From the song “War Child,” “I believe I’ve survived for a reason/ To tell my story, to touch lives.”

This is an unputdownable book that I hope many will read.

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07/25/2009 page 118
43.38% "he's 9 y/o and about to fight his first battle..."

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