Emmanuel Jal Introduction
J: Welcome everyone. As you know, Father Lacombe’s Social Justice Committee has been focusing on various social issues throughout the year in order raise awareness in the school and community as well as contribute to aid these causes. We’ve initiated meatless Mondays to conserve water and raise awareness on water issues, participated on 30 hour famines, and supported various non-governmental organizations such as World Vision, War child and Free the Children. Today, we have the honour of having an individual who has dedicated his life to doing the same and has achieved so much, Mr. Emmanuel Jal. K:As a child who was a soldier in the Second Sudanese Civil War, Mr. Jal has had a first hand experience viewing human injustices within our world, just like thousands of other Sudanese children have had to live through the same experiences as well. However, he was able to escape from the harsh life of being a child soldier. With the aid of others, Emmanuel Jal was able to attend school, gained an education, and realized his passion for music. Becoming an artist, he was able to use his music to reflect his beliefs, raise awareness and provoke change as a social advocate. J: Mr.Jal is an inspiration because he did not allow his past to deter him from a positive future. Rather, he utilized his experiences, combined with his passion for music, in order to not only form his own future, but also aid in creating a future for other children who do not have the opportunity and have suffered as well. Emmanuel Jal has performed all over the world including at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, at various concerts and even created two albums. K: Even with rising fame and acknowledgment, Mr, Jal has stayed true to his beliefs and to his African heritage, continuing to pursue social justice as a musician and a founder of his charity, Gua Africa. So without further ado, please give a warm Father Lacombe welcome to Mr. Emmanuel Jal!
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