By: Opal Tometi, Posted: Aug 13 09
"I believe I have survived for a reason: to tell my story to touch lives"
Ever since I watched the documentary War Child, a film about former Sudanese child soldier and now rapper Emmanuel Jal, I have been inspired and intrigued by how a young child who was conscripted to fight in a war could grow to become someone who so passionately articulates a message of peace.
July 2009 marked the beginning of a new wave of violence in Northern Nigeria between the Islamic sect Boko Haram (which means "Western Education is a sin") and Nigerian law enforcement. The ongoing conflict is a result of decades of religious tension and frustration with the government's socioeconomic policies.