Abdulsalam Abdullah’s Journey of Hope

By Castoffs Youth Theatre
(Photographs by Nicola Harding)

A group of 12 young people from Rotherham Integrated Youth Support Service have developed and produced a series of lion masks for a performance, depicting the Black African farmers  and the nomadic Arabs of Darfur, Sudan where conflict has raged for many years – resulting in genocide and destruction of territory. At the centre of this is the story of Abdulsalam Abdullah- a man who carried the flame of hope in his heart.

The young people will perform the story on the 28th January 2016, at the Rotherham Town Hall HMD event.

You can read Abdulsalam’s life story here.

This artwork was commissioned by Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Rotherham Integrated Youth Support Service (part of RMBC) works with young people aged 11-25 on a variety of levels:1-1 support, group work, detached youth work and project work.
The Partnership and Development Team has a borough-wide remit to work with vulnerable young people who are disabled, identify as LGBT, are looked after or have additional needs.
Much of the focus of our work is equalities, project and creative arts-based.

Facilitators:
Vicky Hilton (freelance visual artist) – Vicky developed the idea, after speaking to the young people and convened the weekly art sessions for the young people who worked on the art project.
Carly Clarke has developed the drama which will use the mask to tell the story of Abdulsalam Abdullah and the plight of the people of Darfur.

Participants:
Tom King
Tarren Reed
Joe Seymour
and 8 other young people

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