The worst people on earth are not only those who commit evil, but those who stand by and turn a blind eye
Music is powerful. It is the only thing that can speak into your mind, your heart and your soul without your permission.
I'm still a soldier, fighting with my pen and paper for peace till the day I cease.
I am proof that one person can rise above any challenge, and if I can, then so will others if they are given the chance.
I still have nightmares of dead comrades, a long time ago, talking to me. 'Emmanuel, don't forget about us, don't give up, keep telling our story.'
I lost my childhood. I didn't play football or video games. Or have birthdays or the love of a family.
If I sleep for more than half an hour, I get horrible dreams in which I'm firing a gun and helicopters are coming down.
In Africa, music is for everything, Music was originally used for community. That was what music was for.
Education is the only solution for peace.
Peace may be negotiated by politicians, but it is something written in hearts and minds not on pieces of paper
Music is actually where I see heaven.
When people know you've been a soldier, they judge you: you are a thief, a lost boy.
In Africa, you know, if you're poor, at least you can go to the forest and share some mangoes with the gorillas and monkey.
I grew up in poverty. For 25 years I was fed on aid.
Knife crime and gun crime is poverty-driven, and poverty leads to insecurity.
Only a coward will use a gun to protect and get respect for themselves.
It’s no longer about the Lost Boys. They keep trying to make their way out, then they meet other people and empathize with them. It’s a story that a lot of people are going to discover their purpose from. When someone doesn’t know their purpose, they get lost.
A cold heart is my protection mechanism. I don't really feel anything for anyone.
To tell my story, to touch lives.
I don't take modern hip-hop as real. It's entertaining, it's fake, like James Bond.
If you really kill, you don't want to talk about it.
[During the second Sudanese Civil War] what was actually killing us wasn't the Muslims, wasn't the Arabs. It was somebody sitting somewhere manipulating the system, and using religion to get what they want to get out of us, which is the oil, the diamond, the gold and the land.
For many Sudanese, it's for strength they choose to be Christian rather than Muslim. My mum was a Muslim but she became a Christian later.
A lot of child soldiers lose their minds.
Sometimes words are not needed, and the simplicity of expressing yourself through an art form is one of the best ways of communication.
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