|Emmanuel Jal Ayak
Web site: http://www.emmanueljal.com
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I don't know where to begin, or where to start.
My Name is Emmanuel Jal, and I was born in war torn Sudan.
I do not know when I was born, but I believe I took my first breath of oxygen sometime in the early 80s.
My country has been at war for over 20 years. I am from Southern Sudan, where the people are tall and beautiful, with smooth skin similar in colour and texture to that of roasted beans.
At the age of seven I, along with thousands of other children was taken from Sudan to Ethiopia, to learn to read and write. Ethiopia at that time was like a city run by children; there were over 30,000 of us in total. During my time there, I learned 8 languages, but as time passed we learned that we had in fact been bought there to be trained as child soldiers. I escaped from the growing army when people started to lose their vision and started fighting one another. Our common enemy being our Sudanese people from the North.
Unfortunately, I did not reach home because a number of serious events occurred as we embarked on the long journey home. I ended up in a town called Waat. It was there that I met aid worker Emma McCune. She rescued me, by disarming me and smuggling me into Kenya. Whilst in Kenya Emma put me into school and adopted me. Unfortunately a year after I was rescued, Emma was killed in a fatal car accident. After this tragedy things became increasingly difficult for me.
I turned to music as a method of therapy and started singing in church. I discovered I had a talent for music at the age of 20.
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