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How did child soldier become a hip-hop star?

September 25th, 2009
09:20 PM ET

Before he had even reached his teenage years, Emmanuel Jal had witnessed more horror than most people will see in a lifetime.

As a child soldier in Sudan during the 1980s he learned to fight and kill in training camps masquerading as schools. He still does not know how exactly old he is: only that he was taken from his family at an early age.

In his early teens he was plucked from this living nightmare by a British aid worker. While studying in Kenya he developed a love of music and discovered he had immense ability as a songwriter and performer.

Nowadays he is a successful hip-hop artist with three albums under his belt. His music appeared in the Leonardo DiCaprio move "Blood Diamond" and he took the stage at both "Live 8" and Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations.

But he hasn't forgotten his formative years, using his music as a force for good as he campaigns for peace and children's rights.

What do you want to ask Emmanuel Jal? Send us your questions and we'll put them to him during the show on Monday