The extraordinary and inspirational story of a young boy soldier in the Sudan People's Liberation Army.
Emmanuel Jal was seven years old when he became a soldier and went into battle with the rebel army in Sudan's bloody civil war. Believing he was being sent to school, Emmanuel trekked his way to a refugee camp in Ethiopia where he became one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
After nearly five years of fighting, Emmanuel was smuggled into Kenya by Emma McCune, a British aid worker, and finally began to have a childhood and an education. When Emma died tragically, Emmanuel struggled to find purpose in life but eventually - through the power of prayer and music - he succeeded.
From child soldier, to refugee, to rap star, War Child is one boy's incredible story of survival and triumph.
Inevitably, War Child will invite comparison to Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone, another memoir by an African boy-soldier ... War Child is very different, very much worth reading, and when you think about it, much more believable ... You'll come away from this book loving Emmanuel Jal - Carolyn See, WASHINGTON POST
An astounding narrative of human physical endurance - Evening Standard
While it may be that no portrayal can ever bring us close to the reality, Jal does afford the reader an insight into a terrrifying existence - New Statesman