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Women use theatre to chat climate change

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A grouping of Blantyre-based women known as Khamalathu that got trained in theatre skills through the now forgotten Nanzikambe Arts has been on a mission utilising their theatrical skills in telling different stories affecting the society.

As in their name Khamalathu, they are hard workers and have taken it upon themselves to use their talents to speak for the voiceless as well as carry out research on challenges that people face in different areas.

Khamalathu started working together through a local Non- Governmental Organisation, Girls Empowerment Network in 2007 having been contacted by Nanzikambe Arts and through them, they started been doing weekly drama workshops with Effie Makepeace and Dipo Katimba.

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Khamalathu might be lacking when it comes to resources but within its smaller resources, it has interacted with several people and heard their stories with the recent one being their visit to Chikwawa on a climate change project.

With support from Chase Climate Justice Network, Khamalathu once again used its theatre and game skills to conduct interviews with women from Duwa and Maperera to hear stories especially on how they were affected by floods.

In their interactions through theatre and dances, Khamalathu was able to hear stories on the tough life that people went through during floods.

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Representatives of the group, which also distributed some items after the performances, Felistus Kamloni and Esmie Kadzombe, said they will continue to use their theatrical skills to tackle issues affecting the country.

“There are stories out there that need to be heard and we are looking for opportunities and support from players. We believe in telling stories in a simple way of using art,” Kamloni said.

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