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Salto Vitale is a tribute to the young acrobats of circus in Ethiopia.
Boys and girls alike perform with perfect skill and great joy their acrobatic acts in urban and rural communities throughout the country. Whenever the circus comes to town, its free show easily attract thousands of people.

Through each performance, social messages are woven, focusing on hiv/aids awareness education and issues like female genital mutilation, girls abduction and children's rights. Therefore, circus has become a powerful educational tool in Ethiopia.

But by far the greatest success can be seen in the lives of the young acrobats. Coming from deprived families, they have gained the confidence and determination to believe in their dreams, despite the harsh reality of their lives. With every triple somersault they perform, their self-esteem doubles. Their story is one of personal triumph over poverty and disillusionment.


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Rosa Verhoeve
rosaslight Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar.

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