Kiwi choreographer Parris Goebel has discovered a talented pool of dancers – a group of young children who are full of life, despite facing their own challenges. They’ve fled brutal fighting and famine in South Sudan to find a home in a Ugandan refugee camp.
“A lot of them lose their parents or families are killed along the way. Just horrible stories,” Goebel told Newshub.
“You feel like kids should not be experiencing that. They shouldn’t have to go through that.”
She’s pretty impressed with the dancing she found in Uganda. They even made up a routine for her.
“They don’t have YouTube, they don’t have Instagram, they don’t have the internet – so they’re just going off what they think is cool, what feels right,” Goebell said.
There are more than 600,000 South Sudanese children living in Uganda – that’s more than the population of the Wellington region.
This year World Vision’s 40-Hour Famine appeal, which starts next week, is focusing its efforts on this group.