03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Emmanuel Jal: A Boy Soldier's Story

Emmanuel Jal: A Boy Soldier's Story

Emmanuel Jal was born in a tiny village in Southern Sudan, only a short time before the outbreak of civil war. When his mother was killed by government soldiers, he and thousands of other children were recruited by the Sudan People's Liberation Army and trained as soldiers.

Here, at a very special session of the Sydney Writers' Festival, Emmanuel tells his amazing story, and describes how education and music turned out to be his salvation. He even gets the audience dancing.

Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 -0700

Location: Sydney, Australia, Sydney Writers Festival, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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