Refugees on the Move in Mentao Camp in Burkina-Faso

Friday 11 December 2015
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The second session of workshops for Refugees on the Move in Burkina Faso took place from 15 June to 20 August 2015 in the camp Mentao refugee camp near the town of Djibo, in nothern Burkina Faso. It is structured around different workshops: dance and music workshop for the youth and two dance workshops for children. Hundreds of refugees were able to benefit from the program lead by the choreographer Salia Sanou from Burkina Faso and his team from the CDC Termitière.

 

Refugees on the Move uses dance as social and cultural mediation tool in refugee camps. This second phase also aimed to train leaders and trainers to permanently anchor the dance in the camp and contribute to the sustainability of the action.

 

The second workshop session was also the opportunity to host the Congolese choreographer Fabrice Don de Dieu Bwabulamutima in order to familiarize himself with the program and the implementation of workshops in a refugee camp, and in order to commence shortly workshops in the camps of Mole in DRC.

 

Again these workshops were a huge hit inside and outside the camps. Public performances within the Mentao camp and in the adjacent town of Djibo, both chaired by the High Commissioner of the Municipality of Djibo and in the presence of representatives of UNHCR and CONAREF spent the end of this second session.
To sustain these dance workshops in the Mentao camp, two participants selected by Salia Sanou and his team are currently receiving training at the CDC Termitière.