Circus brings joy to children in war-torn country
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The Afghan children tumble, juggle, smile and laugh as they roll over mats and keep bowling pins in the air. They perform a series of circus feats taught as a rare treat amid their country's decades of war.
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 supported by foreign embassies and others in Afghanistan. Some 850 children take part in the program. It includes children from refugee families and orphanages.
"We want Afghan children to experience something nonviolent and not related to war and 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 Kabul. They also did magic tricks and juggled flaming pins. Young girls wearing brightly colored hijabs also took part. In some provinces, the program has no girls participating.
Critical thinking challenge: Give three reasons why a circus can be more entertaining than watching TV.