The World Issues welcomed Emmanuel Jal this week. Emmanuel is from the Sudan, where as a young boy he saw his village destroyed in the country’s civil war and genocide. Emmanuel himself was forced into being a child soldier, and he survived desperate times as a young boy and teenager. An aid worker was able to save him though, and he went on to make his way in Britain and eventually Canada. Emmanuel shared his journey with the students, as he hit upon the themes that enabled him to get through – courage, resilience, and having a vision. Along the way, Emmanuel performed dub poetry and rap, and had the students up and dancing and while he engaged them on the human rights and social justice issues of our time. Ms. Williams and Mr. Masters thank the Crestwood Parents Association for their generous sponsorship of this excellent learning opportunity.