Circus brings joy to children in war-torn country
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The children tumble, juggle, smile and laugh. They roll over mats and keep bowling pins in the air. They perform a series of circus acts.
It's a special treat for them. Their country, Afghanistan, has had wars for thousands of years. And it does today. The country is far from America. Life is difficult there.
The Mini Mobile Circus for Children is a program run by a nonprofit group. That's where the children learn their tricks.
Some 850 children across the country take part. It includes children from families that have lost their homes.
"We want Afghan children to taste a peaceful life to get ready to make a peaceful life in their future," said David Mason, one of the program's leaders.
Recently, the children performed in the city of Kabul. They also did magic tricks and juggled flaming pins. Girls wearing brightly colored hijabs took part.