See Watoto in action at Woolgoolga Public School tomorrow night.
See Watoto in action at Woolgoolga Public School tomorrow night. Submitted

Watoto shares stories of courage

WATOTO will deliver a colourful, exciting, confronting and moving concert at the Woolgoolga Public School hall in Scarborough Street on Thursday from 7pm.

The national Watoto Restore Tour: Child Soldier No More Concert will highlight the plight of the Ugandan child soldier and the greater community of Northern Uganda who have endured some of the worst atrocities known to man.

The show is designed to share the story of the courage and restoration from this region with the rest of the world.

The performers will share their real-life stories that are shocking but told with the dignity and hope of new-found freedom.

One of the performers, Filder, was only nine years old when rebels abducted her and her friends at lunchtime from the schoolyard where she had been playing.

She spent 19 months in a rebel camp helping to care for the children who had been born in the bush, when the camp came under fire from government troops.

Another performer, Geoffrey, was abducted and forcefully drafted when he was 12 years old, with his brother and father.

He watched his brother die when he was shot while he was trying to escape from the rebel army.

While the performers have seen and experienced atrocities way beyond most people’s comprehension, the show is set to have vibrant and colourful music, dance and dress and in a spectacle which reflects the East African tradition.

The concert has been organised by the All Nations Church and the families from the four Northern Beaches Protestant churches will be billeting the performers that night.

The concert is free although there will be an offering taken up at the end of the show. There will also be Watoto merchandise and drinks for sale on the night.



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