Circus brings joy to children in war-torn country Below, a girl of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children juggles clubs during a performance in Kabul, Afghanistan. Below left, a boy performs a circus stunt (AP photos)
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 there reasons why a circus can be more entertaining than watching TV.

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  • 07Hanna-May
    8/14/2014 - 02:19 p.m.

    wow can I go to the circus to. I bet that is fun there I bet if I was in the show I would stink at it keep up the good work.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    8/14/2014 - 06:56 p.m.

    I think that the Afghanistan kids are having a lot of fun because the special group who is doing the program is trying to help the kids. I think that the group really wants the kids to not deal with war and have a peaceful time because not just any group would just do a program for kids. I think that the kids are having fun with doing magic tricks, juggling flaming pins, and tumbling places.
    Critical thinking challenge: Give there reasons why a circus can be more entertaining than watching TV.
    Answer: A circus can be an entertaining than watching tv because when you are in a circus you can see real people doing stunts.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    8/14/2014 - 09:19 p.m.

    I think this would be fun if I had a chance to go there. It is true Afghanistan has been in war for years and there was nothing to make the children feel better. Also, the circus gives the children a chance to show what they are capable of even if the country is violent. I think someday, Afghanistan will become peaceful and not in war. If it does happen, then the children would finally be happy and spend their lives happy. About these children in the circus, I think they are very talented. Maybe they should become world performers when they grow up. I also think Afghanistan should host the circus maybe once or twice a year just to keep the children happy.
    Critical Thinking Challenge: Give three reasons why a circus can be more entertaining than watching TV.
    Answer: One reason a circus could be more entertaining than watching TV is that you can watch other people's talents and be amazed. Another reason a circus can be more entertaining than watching TV is that you could have more fun. The last reason a circus can be more entertaining than watching TV is that it could be inspirational to others.

  • lesliaedo
    8/15/2014 - 12:53 p.m.

    Summary: The Afghan children are finally having a good time. A non-profit group that run a Mini Mobile Circus are teaching them how to perform circus feats and tricks in order to make them forget about the difficult situations they have had to pass through. About 850 children take part in the program, including those from refugee families and orphanages. One of the program's leaders states that they want Afghan children to live a beautiful experience that doesn't involve violence or war, so as to guide them to the start of a peaceful future.

    Comment: I think that the labor this group is carrying out is fantastic. Very few people gets really involved when difficult situations happen in the world and, under my point of view, all those deserve all my respect. When we talk about children, we refer to human beings who are not guilty of anything, so helping them is more crucial than helping adults, because they are the ones who may change the course of events. That's my humble opinion.

  • VictoriaRuizR
    8/18/2014 - 12:30 a.m.

    The Mini Mobile Circus for Children is a nonprofit organization that is supported by foreign embassies and others in Afghanistan. Now, they are performing in Kabul, where they want children to experience something different from what they are facing. They want them to taste a peaceful life and think about their future. As this country has always had war, this organization, lead by David Mason, helps children from refugee families and orphanages.
    This is a praiseworthy social action, which should be imitated around the world. Children should not face war and be exposed to an unsafe life. This mini mobile circus is a great help to those who are in affliction, poverty and living without hope in their future. What children need is wholesome entertainment.

  • mariajose03
    8/19/2014 - 02:01 p.m.

    In Afghanistan, there is a new program called The Mini Mobile Circus for children which gives to Afghan children the opportunity to perform a series of circus feats. It includes about 850 children from refugee families and orphanages. Through this program children experience something which is not related to war. They can do magic tricks and juggle flaming pins.

    It feels good to hear good news for Afghanistan people and children. It is really sad to know there are thousand of children suffering right now. They have lived wars for hundred of years and it is good to give children the opportunity to escape from war for a while. The life in Afghanistan as well as in other countries is very difficult. They are always in touch with war, however, this program can gives them a little hope and the opportunity to learn new abilities.

  • sarah4766
    8/19/2014 - 02:02 p.m.

    I love going to the circus because I love the people doing magic tricks and I also love watching how flexible and the other awesome things that the people do.

  • MadisonW-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 02:55 p.m.

    It's more interesting to them because they're not watching other people do it, they're doing it themselves! I think it's good to have something to keep them occupied during the war and something to keep them happy! So good for them.

  • abbehh
    8/24/2014 - 06:15 p.m.

    This is very sweet of other children. They're trying to lighten the mood. It's quite rare for other people to try and make other people happy with running a circus. However, it would be very easy for someone to get hurt. I know they may not, but there is still that possiblity of someone getting hurt with a tumbling incident or maybe someone does something you just never know. But, I believe it's a sweet thing to do and well. It helps people by letting them know that there is still happiness and good things in this world.

  • matthewm0210
    8/28/2014 - 11:54 a.m.

    A circus is more entertaining than a tv because you can see it up close. You can seemagic tricks,
    the thing with the ribbons and peple getting shot out of a cannon into a net. You can see people
    walking on tight ropes and ballencing on small poles. The circus is DEFENETLY more entertaining
    than tv.

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