Martha Schwalbe's Reviews > War Child: A Child Soldier's Story

War Child by Emmanuel Jal
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Jok Jal's story is very graphic. The book opens with an explanation of his anger and rage that help him become a child soldier in Sudan. He does not mention the use of drugs to turn him into a killer yet the experiences he has helped me understand how he could kill.
Jal does go through a religious experience although in the end he says he doesn't preach religion because it is something each person must find. He is a rap singer though whose songs tell the story of his life as a soldier, in a country at war, and in a refugee camp.
I recommend this book to any of the high school students. It takes us into a world we know nothing about.
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