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From Lost Boy to international rap star, Emmanuel Jal's story has taken an incredible turn. He's using his newfound platform to push for an end to conflict, hunger, and poverty in his native Sudan.
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Director: Emily McDowell
Producer: Mark Harvey

Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals.

Read about the work of the European Commission and the UN Foundation.

Find out what Oxfam Novib, NCDO, and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Development are doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

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Child soldier, Sudan
EMMANUEL JAL
I was born in a war zone, wanting revenge and to fight. I planned an escape. We walked a distance of three months, but there was no water to drink, there was no food to eat. Wild animals ate other people. I was dependent on vultures; those were the points where I was tempted to eat a human being. The number of people that I believe survived was twelve. Then I got rescued. Emma was a British aid worker, she smuggled me into Kenya, just like it is done in the movies. I was a Lost Boy, but I was found. Later she died in a car crash. Life wasn't easy so I started doing music.
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London, UK
EMMANUEL JAL
People need to hear what I have to say. I survived, that means I'm here for a purpose.
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Emmanuel
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Millennium Development Goal #1: Wipe out extreme poverty and hunger
EMMANUEL JAL
Poverty is caused by conflict, when people are displaced from where they make their own food. They have no way to survive, so they become a refugee. I have taken a campaign to fight poverty from my own level in Africa. When I came here I found many other organizations that are willing to help Africa and the rest of the world. If one person tries, then another person joins, just like a journey of 1,000 meters begins with one step.
EMMANUEL JAL
I'm going to a refugee camp. I normally go there to work with them and try to inspire them and show them that I was a refugee, but now things are different. I want to give them hope to continue.
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Refugee Council, London, UK
EMMANUEL JAL
Many young people have talents and have dreams. They are refugees like me. When they see me, and they read my story, they know, "This guy was a refugee, and he has managed to reach this far." So to them it's a challenge.
EMMANUEL JAL
You have the possibility to actually make it in life and be someone. You guys are here for a purpose, and this is a cry for all of us.
EMMANUEL JAL
I never thought that I would be at this point. I've lost my childhood, and I've seen so many terrible things. But now, despite my sad story, things are becoming different.
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Please give it up for the fabulous Emmanuel Jal!
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Live 8 Concert, England, July 2nd, 2005
EMMANUEL JAL
Thousands of people didn't like what was happening to Africa. They wanted fair trade, debt forgiveness, and they wanted more aid. The people decided to do that, and now their government is taking it into action.
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Millennium Development Goal #8: More aid, fair trade, debt relief
EMMANUEL JAL
We still have a chance to change the world, but it has to begin with one person. If people are willing to do so, it will happen.
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Millennium Development Goals: eight goals for a better world by 2015. Every one counts. www.element-tv.net. Element. For more information, please visit: http://www.tve.org.