It’s a tragic ending and deliberately so; this is the sort of fate meted out to thousands of Nepalis, especially women and girls. Many are trafficked to Kathmandu or outside of Nepal to India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Dubai and forced to become prostitutes. Others become domestic servants, factory workers or brick-kiln workers.
Tearfund and Child Welfare Society have organised a street drama programme for this region of Nepal. The story is being performed by local actors throughout remote communities. Street drama is a popular medium for raising awareness on key issues; many people are illiterate and often they only speak regional languages, so leaflets and textbooks are little use.
The audience are transfixed by the story and by the end the key messages have clearly hit home; ‘If such a person encounters or lures us then we should not believe them and should not accept what they offer for us,’ says 18 year-old Alisha. ‘We learnt that HIV/AIDS is not transferred by touching and we should not discriminate those people,’ added her sister Sajita.
Street dramas can help to raise awareness about domestic violence, child labour, HIV/AIDS and trafficking. The community are able to relate to the characters and their roles, visualise the scenarios and apply them to their own lives.