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The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

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An uplifting, empowering, inspiring production not to miss
What an incredible moving performance! Based on the lives of four exceptional lovely ladies: Yarrie, Aminata, Yordanos and Rosemary and with the help of three wonderful women Nancy, Imat & Effie this performance took us to a very deep, heartrending, emotional roller coaster of traumatic events.

Photo credit: Lisa Tomasetti.

It was beyond doubt an honour to be invited to such an amazing event, and it really captivated every emotion in one performance.

The director/ writer Ros Harin took us on a journey on how we, as humanity can accept terrible abuse all because it has been happening for a long time.

Australia is a migrant society, and personally I feel blessed everyday to be born, raised and living in such a wonderful accepting country and this performance was a real 'eye opener' on how lucky Australia truly is and how this country has changed the lives of these four women for the better.

Women have been abused in different categories of humiliation, rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. These traumas stay hidden deep inside them and as I sat there watching, hearing, and getting emotional during this performance, as a woman, I could not help but feel sadness for men. Men, who abuse women regardless of what form of abuse, are just boys who are "following the crowd".

Photo credit: Lisa Tomasetti.

The performance is a must see, regardless of your gender, it takes you deep inside each woman's journey from war torn countries, being raised by the army and held captive by rebels. There was laughter, cultural and traditional dancing, and breathtaking singing and of course there were tears...

It was the first time that these four remarkable women stood up and spoke about their abuse, and it was a privilege to be part of their story telling.

They took us from tears to hysterical laughter and deep anger and all other emotions of sadness and joy, this is a show not to be missed!

We can all be proud to know that this year the United Nations has declared that the abuse of women in war is a war crime and will be prosecuted and as quoted by the famous speech from Hilary Clinton "women's rights are human rights" and they must be fully instituted this century, the tipping point is here.

Do make sure that you experience this extremely painful as well as joyous journey...It is an inspirational, uplifting and empowering show.

The performance is being held at the Riverside, Parramatta and all tickets can be purchased online and at the venue.
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Why? A must see for everyone...
When: 19-21 February 2015
Where: Riverside Parramatta, cnr Church & Market Streets, Parramatta
Cost: Tickets: $23- $43 pp - see website
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