UNICEF taking traumatised Bastar kids on Delhi trip
The objective of the trip is to reduce the trauma suffered by the Rani Bodali Ashram children when the Naxalites attacked the ashram and killed many, reports S Karimuddin.Updated: Apr 10, 2007, 20:14 IST
The traumatised tribal students (boys and girls both) of Rani Bodali and that of Dornapal relief camp in Bastar will be taken to New Delhi where they will learn the basics of theatre along with the children of America and Afghanistan. UNICEF has sponsored the visit.
Besides the historical places of Delhi, the students will also visit Agra to see Taj Mahal.
The objective of the trip is to reduce the trauma suffered by the Rani Bodali Ashram children when the Naxalites attacked the ashram and killed many. Similarly, the Dornapal relief camp children suffer the pangs of losing their homes under Naxalite threat.
The children will also meet President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and narrate what they observed during the Naxalite attack.
An officer of UNICEF, Akhilesh Gautam, today told the Hindustan Times that a week-long theatre workshop has been organised at Delhi from April 11 to 18 by the Bonn Theatre, New York, in which the students of Afghanistan, America and India (Bastar) will participate. After the workshop, students will perform stage shows there. He said that the students of Bastar have been chosen for the trip to provide a healing touch by UNUICEF.
Gautam said the objective of the entire programme is to see that these children forgot what they witnessed in the Naxalite attack and return to normal behaviour.
Sunita, Laxmi, Neeta and Meena, the girls studying and living in Rani Bodali Ashram when the Naxalites attacked on March 15, and who are among the students going to Delhi, narrated to HT their hair-raising experience. They said the memories come alive whenever they hear the sound of fire and anything burning.