Child trafficking terror captured in play

A new theatre act highlighting the horror of child trafficking will feature at the Harare International Festival of Arts (Hifa) next month.

The play is a result of a collaboration between two local arts development organisations, Developing Artists and the local Ndiripo Kana Muripo Theatre Collective.

Entitled When Angels Weep, the play is produced by award-winning Blessing Hungwe who, together with his team, presented the famous Burn Mukwerekwere Burn at last year’s Hifa.

“In 2011 Hungwe’s play Burn Mukwerekwere Burn dealt head on with xenophobia. This year he has lost none of his courage and directly stares down one of Africa’s greatest taboos,” said Giles Ramsay of Developing Artists.

Featuring in the play is actor Michael Kudakwashe, actress Priviledge Mutendera and musical talents Patrick Tembo, Brezhnev Guvheya and Rumbidzai Karize.

The play is timely crafted to expose the reality of “lost youth, greed and family betrayal” as Zimbabwe battles the scourge of child abuse through trafficking and child labour.

Playing a central role in the play is a character in the name of a 13-year-old Sarita who is sold into sexual bondage by her uncle, bringing her childhood to an unprecedented end.

About 17 years later she, and others, are forced to face similar predicament when they return to the village. After its initial run at the festival, the production is expected to be performed around the country for local communities and schools.

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