War Child: A Child Soldier's Story
In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a seven year old Sudanese boy, living in a small village with his parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. But as Sudan's civil war moved closer—with the Islamic government seizing tribal lands for water, oil, and other resources—Jal's family moved again and again, seeking peace. Then, on one terrible day, Jal was separated from his mother, and later learned she had been killed; his father Simon rose to become a powerful commander in the Christian Sudanese Liberation Army, fighting for the freedom of Sudan. Soon, Jal was conscripted into that army, one of 10,000 child soldiers, and fought through two separate civil wars over nearly a decade.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing
Jal is a typical boy, revering the warriors in uniform who stand before him and looking up to the fighter pilots who banish the enemy from the sky. As a small child he dreams of joining the military ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jennifermary - LibraryThing
The war in Sudan through a child's eyes. Incredible. Amazing that he has survived and told the story. Most of it is unbelievable. He ends up in Nairobi with Emma, who is killed in a car accident. Incredible story. Read full review