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Circus of peers brings smiles to Afghan children

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 - 01:28

Aug. 20 - A travelling circus started by a Danish man aims to bring smiles as well as juggling skills to children in conflict-ridden Afghanistan. Tara Cleary reports.

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Circus performers entertain orphans in Kabul. But this show also includes acts by students. The Mobile Mini Circus for Children was founded by a Dane, David Mason and it teaches cooperation and creativity to young people in war-torn Afghanistan. SOUNDBITE: David Mason, director and founder of the Mobile Mini Circus for Children, saying (English): "I have no circus background but I just open my eyes and see what the needs of these children are, listen to them, and the only thing I could come up with was a circus, nothing else." Many of the young performers are orphans and some were recruited from refugee camps. Mason started the circus in 2002 and since then, it has become so popular that it runs centers in seven provinces and has about 300 regular students. SOUNDBITE: Murtaza Nowrozi, circus performer, saying (Dari): "I want all parents to encourage their children to learn this kind of thing, parents should help their children to get an education, children shouldn't be killing or learning bad things; instead they should learn skills at programs like this." Mason's budget is almost $500,000 U.S. dollars and the circus has toured 25 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, reaching as many as 2.7 million people.

Circus of peers brings smiles to Afghan children

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 - 01:28

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