31 very interesting things: 2. Warchild
Emmanuel Jal was eight when he was handed an AK-47 and told to fight for the southern Sudanese rebels of the SPLA.
He escaped Sudan in a bag, smuggled out by Emma McCune
, a British aid worker, on a UN flight. Now he is one of Africa’s hottest rappers. His new album is due out in a couple of days and next month he performs at Nelson Mandela’s birthday gig
. Warchild is his life story and a seriously good single.