3.en.64 Wars: “We want Peace” campaign

With Emili, you are working on current issues and learning to understand the news. You need to be aware of some words that, unfortunately, keep on making the headlines: war, genocide, Rwanda, Darfur.

This song by Emmanuel Jal, has turned to be a hit. Emmanuel Jal is a singer who has a personal story connected with war, child soldiers and violence.

This year we went to see two talks by Ramón Lobo and Chema Caballero. They introduced you to the porblem of children soldiers. Emmanuel Jal was a child soldier in the past. Read his story in Wikipedia and answer these questions.

  1. Where was he born?
  2. What  do you know about his country?
  3. What happened to his parents?
  4. Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
  5. How many years did he fight?
  6. What happened when he was eleven years old?
  7. How did he manage to overcome his past?
  8. What does he want his music  for?
  9. What kind of organisations is he active in?
  10. Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?

Now visit We want PEACE web site:

What do they campaign for?

What can you do to contribute?

Listen to the official song

  • Here you have the lyrics so you can sing along.
  • Are there any words or expressions you do not understand?
  • Check the words I highlighted in green and make sure you understand them.

Oh yeah
Oh yeah
I’m looking for some people who’s looking for peace
Maybe together we could make the war cease
Now we can send mankind to the moon
And we can reach to the bottom of the sea
That’s why it really kind of baffles me
That we cannot end wars and bring peace
And we cannot change the way people act
And we cannot change the way people think
So if we sit back, chill out and relax
Civilization will soon be extinct
That’s why I am

[Chorus]
>I am calling on
I’m calling on the whole wide world
>On the whole wide world
Come on people would you help me
>Help me scream and shout
Let’s scream and shout coz we want peace
>That we want peace
To say the least

I dedicate this song to the common people
Caught in the middle of this common evil
I wish the world was a little bit fairer
Time we start looking at the man in the mirror
Fear is the devil’s policeman
Fear made good Germans side with Hitler so he can
Build the war of genocide and havoc was wreaking
Silence of the lamb ’cause nobody was speaking
That’s why I am

[Chorus]

Somebody said, “After Rwanda
>Never again,”
And after Rwanda
>It’s happening
Not far from Rwanda
>Just next door
Who’s gonna shout for the poor people living in Darfur?
The world’s gone deaf
The world’s gone blind
The world’s busy sitting down on their behind
Nobody cares about the poor and needy
Too busy sucking up to the rich and greedy
For every hero there is villain
I ain’t kidding
We gonna shout out standing up or sitting
One more time?
We got no more time!
We got to figure out the way we could all combine
Hey!
Like Jericho the walls came tumbling down
The sound of voices had the city surround
You know what is worth
Time to put our voices to work
We got to shake down heaven and earth
That’s why I am

[Chorus]

Come on everybody, come on
Stand up, stand up, stand up
You want peace and I want peace
Stand up, stand up
You want peace and I want peace
Stand up, stand up
You want peace and I want peace
Stand up… [continued]

A group of school kids, about your age, were given the chance to interview him. Watch the interview on the BBC.

What are the questions they ask him?

You also had the chance to interview people who had been in touch with child soldiers.

  • Do you think these type of interviews help people raise awareness on world conflicts?
  • This is the trailer of a film about his life “War child” . Would you like to see it?

Post your comments to the blog for Thursday the 31st.

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23 Respostes to “3.en.64 Wars: “We want Peace” campaign”

  1. aina tous Says:

    1.He was born in Tonj, in Southern Sudan.
    2.I know that Sudan is bordering with Ethiopia and that it is in a very poor area of the world where people don’t have food.
    3.His mother was killed by soldiers from the government when he was seven years old.
    4.SPLK was the organisation which recruited him and trained him.
    5.Many years he was fighting.
    6.He met a British aid worker Emma McCune who told him he should not be a soldier and adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.
    7.He started singing to overcome his past.
    8.He wants to raise money for street children and refugees.
    9.He is active in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms.
    10.No I haven’t heard of him before or his activism.

  2. Peptoni Font Says:

    1.Where was he born?
    He born in Torj, South Sudan.
    2.What do you know about his country?
    That it is very poor.
    3.What happened to his parents?
    His mother was killed by soldiers when he was 7, but I don’t know nothing about his father.
    4.Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    He was trained by the SPLK.
    5.How many years did he fight?
    He was fighting for a lot of years.
    6.What happened when he was eleven years old?
    He met a British worker when he was 11 who adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.
    7.How did he manage to overcome his past?
    He started to sing.
    8.What does he want his music for?
    He wants to make money for street children and refugees.
    9.What kind of organisations is he active in?
    He is in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms
    10.Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    No I didn’t hear of him.

  3. juditell Says:

    1)Where was he born?
    He born in the village of Tonj in Southern Sudan

    2)What do you know about his country?
    Is a country in northeastern Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east. It’s a very poor country.

    3)What happened to his parents?
    His mother was killed by soldiers when he was 7 years old. Emmanuel’s father joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

    4)Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    SPLA is the organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims.

    5)How many years did he fight?
    Several years.

    6)What happened when he was eleven years old?
    McCune insisted he should not be a soldier and she adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.

    7)How did he manage to overcome his past?
    He start to sing.

    8)What does he want his music for?
    He wants to collect money for street children and refugees.

    9)What kind of organisations is he active in?
    He is active in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms.

    10)Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    No I didn’t

  4. Love Says:

    1.Where was he born?
    In South Sudan, in Torj.
    2.What do you know about his country?
    That it is a very poor country.
    3.What happened to his parents?
    His mother was killed by soldiers when he was 7-
    4.Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    The SPLK.
    5.How many years did he fight?
    A lot of years.
    6.What happened when he was eleven years old?
    He met a British worker when he was 11 who adopted to him.
    7.How did he manage to overcome his past?
    He started to sing.
    8.What does he want his music for?
    He wants to make money for street children and for the refugees.
    9.What kind of organisations is he active in?
    He is in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms.
    10.Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    No, never.

  5. sarah789 Says:

    1) He was born in the village of Tonj in Southern Sudan.
    2) That is a poor country.
    3) His mother was killed by soldiers when he was 7 years old.
    4) The SPLA.
    5) He fought until he was 11 years.
    6) Emmanuel met Emma McCune, a British aid worker married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar.
    7) He decide to start to sing.
    8) He sing for raising money for local street children and refugees.
    9) He’s in the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms and Make Poverty History.
    10) I didn’t heard of him before. Jal, whose own childhood was robbed from him, aims to protect the childhood of others through music. “Music is powerful”.

    Do you think these type of interviews help people raise awareness on world conflicts?
    -Probably yes.
    This is the trailer of a film about his life “War child” . Would you like to see it?
    -I think it can be a nice film, but now I wouldn’t like to see it.

  6. emil7234 Says:

    1. He was born in the village of Tonj in Southern Sudan.
    2. I know that this country is very pore and is situated the centre western of Africa.
    3. Emmanuel’s father joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and when he was 7 years old his mother was killed of soldiers.
    4. The organisation was SPLA in Ethiopia.
    5. He was fight several years fighting with the SPLA.
    6. Emmanuel met Emma McCune, a British aid worker married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar. Later she insisted he should not be a soldier. She adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.
    7. He started to sing.
    8. He saved money for local street children and refugees.
    9. He is in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control of Arms.
    10. No , do not heart of him and his activities.

    What do they campaign for?
    It’s for prevent future genocides.

    What can you do to contribute?
    I can share this to my friends and my social network.

    Are there any words or expressions you do not understand?
    baffles me – me desconcierta
    deaf – sordos
    blind – ciegos
    greedy – codicioso

    Do you think these type of interviews help people raise awareness on world conflicts?
    I think , yes.
    This is the trailer of a film about his life “War child” . Would you like to see it?
    Yes, the film would be good.

  7. idaira Says:

    Where was he born?
    He was born in South Sudan, in Torj.
    What do you know about his country?
    That it is very poor.
    What happened to his parents?
    His mother was killed by soldiers when he was 7.
    Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    He was trained by the SPLK.
    How many years did he fight?
    A lot of years.
    What happened when he was eleven years old?
    He met a British worker when he was 11 who adopted him.
    How did he manage to overcome his past?
    He started to sing.
    What does he forwant his music for?
    He wants to make money for the refugees.
    What kind of organisations is he active in?
    He is active in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms.
    Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    No I didn’t.

  8. Zandalie Says:

    1. In the village of Tonj, Southern, Sudan.
    2. That it is very poor.
    3. When he was 7 years old his mother was killed by soldiers.
    4. The organisation was SPLA in Ethiopia.
    5. Several years.
    6. Emmanuel met Emma McCune, a British aid worker married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar. Later she insisted he should not be a soldier. She adopted him.
    7. He started to sing.
    8. For local street children and refugees.
    9. He is in make poverty history, the coallition to stop the control of arms and to stop the use of child soldiers.
    10. No, I didn’t heard of him before.

    Do you think these type of interviews help people raise awareness on world conflicts?
    I think yes, very much.
    This is the trailer of a film about his life “War child” . Would you like to see it?
    Yes, the film seems good.

  9. tatidt Says:

    1-Where was he born?
    In Sudan.
    2- What do you know about his country?
    It’s a country of Africa, and it’s very poor.
    3- What happened to his parents?
    His father went to the “Liberation Army” and his mother was killed when he was 7 years.
    4- Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    By the SPLA.
    5- How many years did he fight?
    Several years.
    6- What happened when he was eleven years old?
    He founded Emma McCune, who adopted him.
    7- How did he manage to overcome his past?
    8- What does he want his music for?
    He wants his music for ease pain of what he has experienced.
    9- What kind of organizations is he active in?
    He is active in an organization were they fight for the children to not be soldiers.
    10- Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    I’ve heard many times about him in YT (YouTube), but I did not know about his activism.

    ·Do you think these type of interviews help people raise awareness on world conflicts?
    Yes, because people can see that they aren’t alone, and they can have the support of other people, like Emmanuel.
    · This is the trailer of a film about his life “War child” . Would you like to see it?
    Yes, because it would be interesting to know a little bit more about his life.

  10. claudiapg Says:

    1. Where was he born?
    He born in Torj in the South Sudan.
    2. What do you know about his country?
    Sudan is in Africa, where a lot of poor people live.
    3. What happened to his parents?
    The soldiers killed his mother when he was seven years old.
    4. Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    He was trained in the SPLK.
    5. How many years did he fight?
    He was fighting for a few years.
    6. What happened when he was eleven years old?
    He met a woman from England when he was 11 who adopted him and took him to Kenya.
    7. How did he manage to overcome his past?
    He started to sing for overcome his past
    8. What does he want his music for?
    He wants money to help street children and refugees.
    9. What kind of organisations is he active in?
    He is in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms
    10. Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    No I didn’t hear of him or his activism.

  11. Rodrigo Deus Says:

    1) He was born in Torj in the South of Sudan.
    2) That is a poor country.
    3) His mother was killed by soldiers when he was 7 years old.
    4) The SPLA.
    5) He fought until he was 11 years.
    6) He met a British worker when he was 11 who adopted to him.
    7) He started to sing.
    8) He wants money to help street children and refugees.
    9) He is active in an organization were they fight for the children to not be soldiers.
    10) No I didn’t hear.

  12. andrea199762 Says:

    1. He born in Torj, South Sudan.
    2. That it is very poor.
    3. His mother was killed by soldiers when he was 7, but I don’t know nothing about his father.
    4. He was trained by the SPLK.
    5.He was fighting for a lot of years.
    6. He met a British worker when he was 11 who adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.
    7. He started to sing.
    8. He wants to make money for street children and refugees.
    9. He is in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms
    10. No I didn’t hear of him.

  13. guillemfurio Says:

    1)Where was he born?
    He born in the Southern Sudan

    2)What do you know about his country?
    Is a country in northeastern Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east. It’s a very poor country.

    3)What happened to his parents?
    Emmanuel’s father joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
    His mother was killed by soldiers when he was 7 years old.

    4)Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    SPLA is the organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims.

    5)How many years did he fight?
    He fight 6 years.

    6)What happened when he was eleven years old?
    McCune insisted he should not be a soldier and she adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.

    7)How did he manage to overcome his past?
    He began to sing.

    8)What does he want his music for?
    He wants to collect money and use in the street children and refugees.

    9)What kind of organisations is he active in?
    He is active in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms.

    10)Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    No I didn’t

  14. miguelinramonllull Says:

    1) He was born in Tonj (Southern Sudan).
    2) I know that Sudan borders with Ethiopia and is in a very poor area.
    3) His mum was killed by goverment soldiers when he was 7 years old.
    4) SPLK is the organization that recludes Emmanuel and trained it to.
    5) He was fighting along for many years.
    6) He met a British aid worker Emma McCune who told him he should not be a soldier and adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.
    7) He started to sing over his past.
    8) He wants to win money to poor people that lives in the streets and for making refugees.
    9.He is active in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms.
    10) No, I didn’t heard nothing about Emmanuel.

  15. neusr Says:

    1) He born in Tonji.
    2) Is a poor country.
    3) His mother was killed by the soliders.
    4) SPLA.
    5) He was fight several years fighting with the SPLA.
    6) He met a british worked who adopted him.
    7) He started to sing about his past.
    8) He wants money to help streets children.
    9) He is active in an organization were they fight for the children to not be soldiers.
    10) No,I didn’t.

  16. jlny7288 Says:

    -Are there any words or expressions you do not understand?
    Yes.
    To baffle: frustrar.
    To scream: gritar
    Havoc: catástrofe.
    -Do you think these type of interviews help people raise awareness on world conflicts? Yes.
    -This is the trailer of a film about his life “War child” . Would you like to see it?
    Yes, it contains many information about Child soldiers and conflicts in Africa.

  17. Pilar Says:

    1)Where was he born?
    He born in the village of Tonji in Southern Sudan.
    2)What do you know about his country?
    Is a country in northeastern Africa and it’s a very poor country.
    3)What happened to his parents?
    When he was 7 years old his mother was killed by soldiers. Emmanuel’s father joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
    4)Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    SPLA.
    5)How many years did he fight?
    Several years.
    6)What happened when he was eleven years old?
    Emma McCune told him he should not be a soldier and adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.
    7)How did he manage to overcome his past?
    He start to sing.
    8)What does he want his music for?
    He wants to collect money for street children and refugees.
    9)What kind of organisations is he active in?
    He is active in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms.
    10)Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    No.

  18. gabriel384 Says:

    1. He was born in the village of Tonj in Southern Sudan.
    2. I know that this country is very pore and is situated the centre western of Africa.
    3. Emmanuel’s father joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and when he was 7 years old his mother was killed of soldiers.
    4. The organisation was SPLA in Ethiopia.
    5. He was fight several years fighting with the SPLA.
    6. Emmanuel met Emma McCune, a British aid worker married to senior SPLA commandant Riek Machar. Later she insisted he should not be a soldier. She adopted him and smuggled him to Kenya.
    7. He started to sing.
    8. He saved money for local street children and refugees.
    9. He is in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control of Arms.
    10. No , do not heart of him and his activities.

    What do they campaign for?
    It’s for prevent future genocides.

    What can you do to contribute?
    I can share this to my friends and my social network.

    Are there any words or expressions you do not understand?
    baffles me – me desconcierta
    deaf – sordos
    blind – ciegos
    greedy – codicioso

    Do you think these type of interviews help people raise awareness on world conflicts?
    I think , yes.
    This is the trailer of a film about his life “War child” . Would you like to see it?
    Yes, the film would be good.

  19. xiskete Says:

    1) He born in Tonj that is in Southern Sudan.
    2) I know that his bordering country is Ethiopia and that is a very poor country.
    3) That his mum was killed by soldiers when he was 7 years old.
    4) SPLA.
    5) He fight many years.
    6) He met a British when he was 11 and she adopted him and took him to Kenya.
    7) He started to sing over his past.
    8) Collect money for the people of the street.
    9) He is active in Make Poverty History the coallition to stop the use of child soldiers and the control arms.
    10) No,I didn’t.

  20. sarabouza12 Says:

    1.Where was he born?
    He born in South Sudan, in Torj.
    2.What do you know about his country?
    I doesn’t know anything about this country, but in the video we can see that is a poor country.
    3.What happened to his parents?
    When he was 7, his mother was killed by soldiers.
    4.Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    The SPLK.
    5.How many years did he fight?
    I don’t know exactly but a lot.
    6.What happened when he was eleven years old?
    He met a British worker when he was 11 who adopted to him.
    7.How did he manage to overcome his past?
    He collect money singing.
    8.What does he want his music for?
    He wants to make money for street children and for the refugees.
    9.What kind of organisations is he active in?
    He is in Make Poverty History, the Coallition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and the Control Arms.
    10.Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    No.

  21. angelblanchvallespir Says:

    1) Tonj that is in Southern Sudan.
    2) I know that its bordering country is Ethiopia..
    3) That his mum was killed by soldiers when he was 7.
    4) SPLA.
    5) He fight many years.
    6) He met a British when he was 11 and she adopted him and took him to Kenya.
    7) He started to sing over his past. Collecting money for the people of the street.
    9) He is active in Make Poverty History the coallition to stop the use of child soldiers and the control arms.
    10) No.

  22. philline Says:

    1. Where was he born?
    – He born in Tonj, Southern Sudan

    2. What do you know about his country?
    – I’ve never heard about the country, but it seems it’s a poor country.

    3.What happened to his parents?
    – Soldiers killed his mum when he was only 7 years old.

    4.Which organisation recruited him and trained him to kill Muslims?
    – The SPLA

    5.How many years did he fight?
    – A lot of years.

    6.What happened when he was eleven years old?
    – When he was 11, he met a Bristish who adopted him.

    7.How did he manage to overcome his past?
    – He started to sing.

    8.What does he want his music for?
    – He wants to collect money for the people of the street.

    9.What kind of organisations is he active in?
    – Make Poverty History, the Coallition to ctop the use of child soldiers and the control Arms.

    10. Had you heard of him before? Did you know anything about his activism?
    – No.


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