Some crazy news out of South Sudan with reports that rapper and peace activist Emmanuel Jal was beaten and robbed by state police. Jal, who is a former child-soldier and fought in the Sudanese civil war, was stopped by police in the city of Juba when they first took his phone before beating him unconscious as others watched without intervening.
Jal is an inspirational person who uses music as an avenue to promote peace, extinguish ills and improve people’s lives – in fact he was in Juba to promote International Peace Day and to perform at the “We Want Peace” Business Gala and concert -, and he says this highlights the issues surrounding his country:
Two days after arriving in my home country I was attacked by members of Juba’s police and national security. This is an ironic and sad situation that will not deter my path for freedom, equality and justice. I am swollen, but recovering, and thank all the fans and supporters for their well wishes. I would like to express that abuse of power should not be tolerated on any level. South Sudan must move forward with positivity and equality. Tribalism, police brutality, corruption and other problems of de-stabilization must be highlighted and stopped in order for the country to progress.
On releasing the statement Jal says it’s important to shout out against injustice:
…I was raised in an environment where speaking out against injustice is always considered a route for peace. Let us continue to put a spotlight on such dark issues, for it is the best solution in paving a way for our bright future.
Emmanuel Jal recently worked with Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Ringo Starr, Kofi Annan and many more on the video for ‘We Want Peace’. Those at Word Is Bond wish him a swift recovery from his injuries.
(via Rolling Stone)