After Chad, the Central African Republic and Burundi, Tanzania is the next step in the sub-Saharan ‘Refugees on the move’ program. It is in one of the largest refugee camp of the world, Nyarugusu refugee camp, where more than 100,000 refugees reside, that Tanzanian choreographer Aloyce Makonde will set up the workshops. From October 2014 there will be three workshop sessions, each lasting a month.
After he received training from the Central African choreographer Boniface Watanga in Batalimo refugee camp in the Central African Republic, Aloyce Makonde travelled to Nyarugusu in August 2014 where he assessed the situation and refined the final preparations before the forthcoming establishment of the Tanzanian version of ‘Refugees on the Move’.
In order to raise awareness and spread important messages on topics such as hygiene, AIDS and education, necessary to improve living conditions in Nyarugusu camp, the dance workshops have to be prepared in close collaboration with teams of the local partners – UNHCR and Internal Rescue Committee.