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Circus School Brings Hope To Afghan Children

A Kabul circus school is helping hundreds of Afghan children overcome trauma caused by years of war and poverty. By teaching skills like juggling and acrobatics, the Mobile Mini Circus For Children builds self-confidence and teaches teamwork in the deeply divided country. Many of the 300 students are internal refugees or orphans, and the school has been so popular it now runs centers in seven Afghan provinces.
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A young girl, Khakigah, enjoys a juggling lesson.
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A young girl, Khakigah, enjoys a juggling lesson.

Brightly painted shipping containers have been converted into performance areas where children can practice acrobatics.
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Brightly painted shipping containers have been converted into performance areas where children can practice acrobatics.

About 50 of the circus school's 200 students in Kabul are girls. Nadia (left) and Basgulah practice juggling.
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About 50 of the circus school's 200 students in Kabul are girls. Nadia (left) and Basgulah practice juggling.

The Mobile Mini Circus For Children was established by Danish dance instructor David Mason in 2002. It is mostly funded through foreign donations.
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The Mobile Mini Circus For Children was established by Danish dance instructor David Mason in 2002. It is mostly funded through foreign donations.

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