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Afghanistan: War orphans find inspiration through circus act03:48

Afghanistan: War orphans find inspiration through circus act

September 13, 2018 at 12:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Children who lost parents in the decade-long war in Afghanistan have found solace through performing circus tricks thanks to the Nangarhar Gymnastic Federation in Jalalabad.

In training on Thursday, the circus troupe showed off their acrobatic and juggling skills by building human pyramids and throwing fires sticks into the air.

The Nangarhar Gymnastic Federation is supported by the Mobile Mini-Circus for Children (MMCC), a foundation created in 2002 by Danish dance instructor David Mason. The organisation teaches juggling, acrobatics and gymnastics to children aged 5-17 throughout Afghanistan.

Jalalabad boasts of four training centres with around 800 children taking part. Many of the members are orphans from refugee camps, like Jawhar.

Since taking up the sport four months ago, his life has been turned around. "I want to compete against international teams from around the world. I will bring the championship back to Afghanistan," he said.

Through participating in the programme, children have been able to travel to Europe and Asia for competitions.

Afghanistan: War orphans find inspiration through circus act03:48
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Children who lost parents in the decade-long war in Afghanistan have found solace through performing circus tricks thanks to the Nangarhar Gymnastic Federation in Jalalabad.

In training on Thursday, the circus troupe showed off their acrobatic and juggling skills by building human pyramids and throwing fires sticks into the air.

The Nangarhar Gymnastic Federation is supported by the Mobile Mini-Circus for Children (MMCC), a foundation created in 2002 by Danish dance instructor David Mason. The organisation teaches juggling, acrobatics and gymnastics to children aged 5-17 throughout Afghanistan.

Jalalabad boasts of four training centres with around 800 children taking part. Many of the members are orphans from refugee camps, like Jawhar.

Since taking up the sport four months ago, his life has been turned around. "I want to compete against international teams from around the world. I will bring the championship back to Afghanistan," he said.

Through participating in the programme, children have been able to travel to Europe and Asia for competitions.

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