Can performing arts provide therapy?

Youth group known as Dynamic singing and dancing, in Rhino settlement of South Sudanese refugees. They use performing arts as a therapy for their fellow refugees. Performing arts help bring together both refugees and locals – something they argue is cementing a mutual relationship between the two, communities. Picture by Musa Sabir | 20 Jun 2019

In absence of adequate counselling services, some groups of Youth in Rhino settlement of South Sudanese refugees are engaged in performing arts to provide therapy to fellow refugees. They are working towards cementing a mutual understanding between communities of refugees and hosts that live side by side, in Uganda, too. But since the groups are usually very small and operating informally, getting support for their activities is hard to come by. In order to provide their services, such groups leverage on events that bring together many people, if they are included on a program. Our reporter, Musa Sabir, followed one group (of refugees) known as Dynamics.