Children at Child Friendly Spaces learn local handicrafts as a form of art therapy
Free from the militias, a fresh start
More than 1,000 children are running and playing at our Child Friendly Space in Tshimbulu town, the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai Central province. An exuberant group of musicians and dancers are shaking and smiling at the back, and to the right a mass of toddlers sit and play with dolls. Some adolescent girls are painting rocks and making mini replicas of cars with bits of discarded plastic, and a scrum of children are playing multiple football matches at the entrance to the field. It’s a picture of organised and joyful chaos.
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