Top 45 Emmanuel Jal Quotes

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“Sometimes words are not needed, and the simplicity of expressing yourself through an art form is one of the best ways of communication.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I’m still a soldier, fighting with my pen and paper for peace till the day I cease.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I don’t know anywhere where the people are hungrier for education than South Sudan.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“If I sleep for more than half an hour, I get horrible dreams in which I’m firing a gun and helicopters are coming down.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I am proof that one person can rise above any challenge, and if I can, then so will others if they are given the chance.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I still have nightmares of dead comrades, a long time ago, talking to me. ‘Emmanuel, don’t forget about us, don’t give up, keep telling our story.’”

― Emmanuel Jal

“There’s no pride in having been a child soldier.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“When I first went to school, I was fighting all the time. The soldier mentality was still in me. I kept getting expelled. I found it hard to take instructions from anyone who wasn’t a military commander.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Only a coward will use a gun to protect and get respect for themselves.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“A cold heart is my protection mechanism. I don’t really feel anything for anyone.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“In Africa, you know, if you’re poor, at least you can go to the forest and share some mangoes with the gorillas and monkey.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I’m kind of weird – I don’t get excited. Sometimes I fake that I’m excited just to make people happy.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“What music does to me, it helps me balance my inner pressure so that I can deal with the forces outside that are trying to pressure me.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I lost my childhood. I didn’t play football or video games. Or have birthdays or the love of a family.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I’m rapping in English but in an African way. I’m not trying to sound like an American.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Rap music is amazing, it’s beautiful. But the problem is the lyrics. The person who writes the lyrics – that’s the problem.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Music – it’s the only thing that can enter your system, your mind, your heart, without your permission.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I would advise dancers, musicians and others in the entertainment industry to take up yoga, as it clears the mind and creates a sense of balance and stillness which is important for any performing artist.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“When you see a Sudanese walking on the street, there is a story.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“As a child, I didn’t know what they mean by ‘to die.’ So I grew up in a place where people used to die all the time, but a child is not allowed to see a dead body. When you ask, ‘Where is so-and so?’ you’re told, ‘He’s gone to another world where we all go to live in the future.’”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Young people are so brave when they go to fight.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“For many Sudanese, it’s for strength they choose to be Christian rather than Muslim. My mum was a Muslim but she became a Christian later.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“The only foreign policy advice I heard from China was when they said to Sudan, ‘Don’t go back to war.’ That’s all they said. They didn’t push anything else.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Any child soldier has to go through a lot of love, care and understanding to become normal.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Music moves my emotions because music loosens me up.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“In Africa, music is for everything, Music was originally used for community. That was what music was for.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“In times of war, starvation, hunger and injustice, such tragedy can only be put aside if you allow yourself to be uplifted through music, film and dance.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“We lack role models who can inspire our young people to make change.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I grew up in poverty. For 25 years I was fed on aid.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Knife crime and gun crime is poverty-driven, and poverty leads to insecurity.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I’m constantly seen as a ‘foreigner,’ and I need my passport to prove my identity, to keep moving and to carry on my work.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“What I always wanted to do when I was a kid was to speak out and help people which I continue to do afterwards.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Violence in Darfur is cataclysmic.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“The first time I experienced war, I thought the world was ending.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“War destroys people’s souls. Most people focus on physical injuries, but the invisible injuries can take a lifetime to heal and affects the lives of generations to come.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“When people know you’ve been a soldier, they judge you: you are a thief, a lost boy.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“When I listen to hip-hop, it’s like no big difference how people sing in my village, ’cause bling would be their cow.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I was shocked when I came to New Orleans. I never knew there were beggars on the streets here. I didn’t know that there were poor people. I thought this was Heaven, you know?”

― Emmanuel Jal

“When I was in south Sudan, people used to rap in my village. But the rapping was more in the mother tongue, Nuer.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“Education is the only solution for peace.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“A lot of child soldiers lose their minds.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“When you don’t educate the people, you’re crippling them. You are, you’re not giving them ways to survive.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I don’t take modern hip-hop as real. It’s entertaining, it’s fake, like James Bond.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“If you really kill, you don’t want to talk about it.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“The wealthiest Sudanese don’t know what war is. Their children are safe in school.”

― Emmanuel Jal
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