Khulumani expresses its appreciation for the work that Mouhamadou Diol is doing in driving forward the work we do through Forum Theatre as a developmental tool for the Victim Empowerment Program. For the last two months, Diol has been working intensively with a group of 25 young people from Soweto. The group, known as Khulumani Forum Theatre Group have developed skills in leadership, group dynamics, as well as artistic skills such as stage craft, acting, script writing, production and direction.
Forum Theatre is a form of community interactive theatre that is under the umbrella of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. Diol has been working with this tool of community engagement for many years now, and has produced over 185 productions on a large variety of subjects. In Soweto, the group, under Diol's direction are writing performances on Indentity, HIV and Reparations. Funded by AusAid, (Australian Government's International Aid organisation), the group will perform to ten communities in August 2012.
Diol has a particular interest in HIV Aids and is a member of Senegal's equivalent to the National Aids Council in his country. Recently he has presented in Cape Town at the African Theatre Association Conference on "Scientific Mediation" which brings the science around HIV and Aids to the non-scientist. Through drama, storytelling and art therapy, members of the community effected by HIV, can have a greater understanding of what is happening to their bodies. Diol has also extensive expertise in Conflict and Peace studies.
Diol has been able to travel to South Africa from his home country of Senegal through the sponsorship from Arts Move Africa. He arrived in May 2012.