War Child

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About a year ago, Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in the Sudanese Civil War and rap artist for peace, performed at a DC nightclub. I was on crutches from a biking injury and hobbled to a space in the back. After months of sitting incapacitated at home, my life seemed grim – until I heard Emmanuel’s story of a seven-year-old orphan with a gun in hand, fighting for revenge for the death of his mother. That night, I danced…