Emmanuel Jal’s moving acceptance speech at the 2017 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship presentation brought the crowd to its feet. Paris Aristotle AO, a tireless advocate for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, presented Emmanuel with the award at the Melbourne Town Hall on 24 August for his extraordinary work in reconciliation around the world as a displaced person from South Sudan. During the ceremony, Emmanuel treated us to a special acapella performance of his hit single My Power, which is about the power all people have to make the world a better place.
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Legendary refugee advocate Paris Aristotle AO is presenting the 2017 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship to Emmanuel Jal. The Fellowship is a prestigious award that celebrates individuals doing extraordinary work in reconciliation.
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Peace activist and former child soldier acclaimed with prestigious reconciliation award.
Author, musician, peace ambassador and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal will come to Australia this month to be awarded the 2017 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship.
The Fellowship, which this year is focused on people’s displacement, promotes reconciliation by bringing global support to individuals engaged in local projects. It recognises Mr Jal’s global work in reconciliation as a displaced person from South Sudan.
An established and accomplished musician and performer, Mr Jal is the architect of the We Want Peace campaign which helped attract international attention to the suffering in South Sudan through the 2011 independence process.
June Oscar AO, the current Desmond Tutu Reconciliation fellow, has won the Western Australia Local Hero award and was nominated as one of the 32 national finalists for 2017 Australian of the Year.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Chris Kirby, said the finalists were chosen from four award categories including educators, community volunteers, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and humanitarians.