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"Circus of My Sun" - Al Jazeera

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In Salé, across the river from Morocco's capital, Rabat, jobs are scarce and many children do not go to school. For a lot of young people there, life offers few opportunities - and many see little point in getting an education. When the circus first began 10 years ago it was a social project for children on the streets and in the slums of Salé.

Amidst endemic poverty, strict social codes and lack of opportunities, the circus tent symbolises freedom, creativity, excitement and possibility. Girls and boys mix freely, the body becomes an instrument for self-expression and distant shores are visible on the horizon.

 

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