Emmanuel Kelly was born in Iraq, but he doesn't really know when. A nun found Emmanuel and his brother, Ahmed, abandoned at a park inside a cardboard box. Both boys had severely underdeveloped limbs due to chemical warfare. They were brought to an orphanage where they were cared for by nuns.
Moira Kelly, an Australian humanitarian, brought both boys to Australia from Iraq for life-saving surgery but she immediately fell in love with them and couldn't just send them back to the orphanage. She adopted them both and raised them in Australia.
in 2009, Emmanuel and his brother become Australian citizens.
With full support from his family, Emmanuel went on the reality show "The X-Factor" to share his story and his passion for music. He sang the song "Imagine" by John Lennon and left the audience in tears. Even John's widow, Yoko Ono, said "Thank you Emmanuel. You sang beautifully! Thank you. John would have been proud."
You have to watch this whole video. Make sure you have Kleenex with you. It's a tear-jerker.