AAD’s flagship project “Refugees on the Move” has crossed an important threshold this week. After a successful first step in Chad, the program is in the final phase of preparations for its launch in the Central African Republic.
Trained in N’Djaména by Taïgué Ahmed, the Central African choreographer and actor Boniface Watanga and 10 members of his troupe Kêkerêke will carry out a total of three month-long dance workshops in the Batalimo refugee camp, located west of the capital Bangui.
After being assigned to a group of refugees, each member of the Kêkerêke company will tailor the course so as to fit the specific needs and demands of his students. From there, the children will be able to partake in story telling, juggling or even mime workshops. Courses for the women will focus on contemporary and traditional dance, while men will be able to explore acrobatics and hip-hop.
In constructing the dance workshops, the instructors hope to impart more than just a knowledge of creative and physical expression. As with the program’s Chad chapter, AAD will work in close collaboration with UNHCR’s teams on the ground to weave into these dance classes messages of prevention and information on hygiene, education and HIV/AIDS.
To mark the commencement of the first workshop, the Kêkerêke troupe will perform for the camp’s inhabitants their original piece “Solidarity” to help highlight the importance of working together and the need for mutual assistance.
AAD’s dedication to “Refugees on the Move” will bring the program to eight other Sub-Saharan African countries after the conclusion of the Central African Republic chapter, with Tanzania and Burundi on the list for 2013.