In the News: Peace activist and hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal beat unconscious by South Sudan police


KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 9, 2012) — Just days after premiering his new video "We Want Peace — Reloaded," former child soldier, peace activist, and hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal was reportedly beat by South Sudanese police in Juba after returning to his home country for an upcoming gala and concert to promote international peace.

Jal's publicist told Rolling Stone the attack was apparently unprovoked. Five officers allegedly stopped the performer Saturday night around 9:30 p.m., took his cell phone, and beat him until he lost consciousness. Fifteen other police and national security officers are said to have watched the attack without intervening.

"This is an ironic and sad situation that will not deter my path for freedom, equality and justice," Jal said in a statement. "I am swollen, but recovering ... I would like to express that abuse of power should not be tolerated on any level."

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