From his start in life as a child soldier in the war-torn region of South Sudan in the early 1980s, Emmanuel Jal has come through unimaginable struggles to become a successful and acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador. As part of a series of workshops on Children in a World of Challenges: Building Pathways to Resilience, Jal shared his songs and stories of adversity and resilience in this keynote presentation. Following Jal's performance, Gillian Huebner moderated a community conversation with Jal, Ifrah Mansour, Kyryl Myronenko, and the audience about the interplay between trauma, healing, creativity, and culture.
This event was co-sponsored by the Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues; Walsh School of Foreign Service; Center for Child and Human Development; Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service; Global Human Development Program; Global Health Institute; Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics; African Studies Program; and Department of Psychology at Georgetown University. It is part of the Children in a World of Challenges Workshop series.
Related Event | On Monday, February 27 Georgetown University hosted a screening of The Good Lie, which shares the story of Jal and other "Lost Boys" as they leave the refugee camp and resettle in America.