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Masterpeace and We Want Peace Receives U.N. Recognition by Ban-Ki Moon for Peace Efforts
Emmanuel Jal & DMC Receive Award for Creating Music for Peace
‘We Want Peace was formed to raise awareness and create conscious awakening. I received this award to shed attention to the ongoing conflict and now pressing situation in South Sudan. Over the past few days, violence has erupted once more in my home country with the increasing sense that the democratic system put in place is being threatened by our own government’s action. Elected governors and parliamentary members have been dismissed, creating factions within the army and threats to civilian security. I implore that we must move forward to protect the democracy, human rights and freedom of our people. Our government has to remain transparent and accountable with an open dialogue between its representatives and the public. Once again this conflict has reached the core of my family and some of my friends have been killed. My sister has witnessed people shot in front of her children, and saw a soldier’s vehicle run over a young man trying to run for his life. She is now thankfully safe and I urge you all as peace soldiers to help prevent further violence by speaking out against these terrible actions and spreading a message of unity and peace to each other. The worst people on earth are not those who commit atrocities but those who turn a blind eye or bury their head in the sand.’ Emmanuel Jal, 18th December 2013.
December 18, 2013 New York: Masterpeace in conjunction with We Want Peace, received official recognition for its global peace-building efforts at the United Nations Correspondents Association Gala on December 18 in New York City. The award was presented by the U.N. Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon at the annual UNCA ceremony along with special awards to We Want Peace founder Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier-turned-hip-hop activist for peace and singer DMC (Darryl McDaniels). Stevie Wonder and Michael Douglas were also recognized for their humanitarian efforts. The UNCA awarded four “Excellence in Journalism” prizes to U.N. Correspondents.
In December 2010, Jal released We Want Peace, as part of the wider campaign of the same name calling for peace, protection and justice for all in Sudan ahead of the January 2011 referendum, but also calling for an end to all conﬂicts affecting innocent people around the world. The campaign was supported by A-list artists and leading ﬁgures from diverse ﬁelds – Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Richard Branson, President Jimmy Carter, Koﬁ Annan and many more.
In 2012 We Want Peace joined forces with Masterpeace to organize and host the ﬁrst-of-its kind Peace Dinner and Concert in Juba, South Sudan on International Peace Day, supported by H.E Dr. Riek Marchar, Vice President of South Sudan alongside legendary US hip hop artist DMC. During the past year Emmanuel has been awarded the Calgary Peace Prize and the Humanitarian Award from the Hunt Institute and continues to tour hundreds of schools universities and communities as part of his ‘We Want Peace’ educational tour across the US, Canada, Latin America and Africa.