26 April 2007

Indigenous AIDS Puppets in West Africa

After having worked myself in HIV-Aids education throughout the African continent in the nineteen eighties and nineties, I recently discovered an American group, who are promoting the use of puppetry and mask theatre in AIDS prevention in the indigenous traditional Bozo culture of West Africa. Project Guggenheim is working in Mali with the local Aids educators along the banks of the Niger River using traditional Bozo Marionette Theatre on the river to educate youth, about the dangers of the disease. A video on the program, which you can view here, seemed to me quite prescriptive, but you can make your own decision and ultimately the success of such project depend directly upon the decrease in HIV statistics reported in the region.

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