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Children join hands through art

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Zimbabwean children this month join their colleagues from 40 other countries worldwide in a project called The Gaza Monologues, which began on October 18, to show their solidarity with the children of Gaza.

Gaza is a tiny strip of land on the border with Egypt south west of what was once Palestine, which was recently attacked by the Israeli army and air force, bringing untold suffering on women and children.

This tiny strip along with some territory on the west bank of the River Jordan is all that remains to the Palestinians while the rest has become the state of Israel.

“The project is centred on 33 monologues composed by children between the ages of 13 and 18, who are undergoing training with the Ashtar Theatre in Gaza,” said the project director, Dr Robert McLaren.

He said Zambuko/Izibuko, a theatre group that was active in the 80s and 90s would be revived to produce the monologues.

He said in the monologues the children talk about their life in Gaza, their experiences during the Israeli invasion and what they feel and hope for now that it is over.

McLaren said on October 17 the children of Ashtar Theatre themselves would perform their monologues on the beach in Gaza to wide international media publicity.

“The theatre and other groups all over the world will then follow with performance, readings and presentations featuring the monologues,” he said.

He said in November one child from each country would travel to New York where they will work with children from all the other countries for a week.

He said on November 29 the International Day of Solidarity with the people of Palestine, together they will perform the monologues probably at the United Nations while on the same day in Zimbabwe a similar event will be held with the Palestinians.

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