Darfur Plays: Drama Making a Difference

26 09 2010

Art makes a difference in Darfur, where a troupe of self-taught young actors take theatre into the streets and refugee camps.  After five years of war, Darfur lives off foreign aid in an atmosphere of stagnation, uncertainty and hopelessness. But a group of young Darfuris from the town of Nyala have started something more powerful and lasting than handouts or legislation. Through theatre and music, combining comical sketches and dark tales staged in the middle of crowded markets or IDP camps, they encourage awareness, reconciliation and development by transforming their reality into fantasy. Haythum is the charismatic and witty leader of the troupe, Adam studies law and tends cows, half his family are in the camps, and he takes part in theatre in his free time. Selwa is 18, beautiful and loves to write. Their stories are interwoven to portray an unseen Darfur, one of hope, ambition and solutions. Aljazeera.

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