‘Kesho Amahoro’ Finding Love in a Hopeless Place
“I wish I had known that that night was to be our last family supper together. I would have stood up and thanked God for all of them. I would have told everyone sitting around that table how much I loved them and thanked them for loving me. But I didn’t.”– Immaculée Ilibagiza, survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and author of Left To Tell.
In Kesho Amahoro (“Tomorrow There’ll Be Peace”), playwright Lizzie Jago (who is also the author of the eponymous book) and Musical Director (Anna Rusbatch) bring to life the experiences of refugee children at the height of the crisis.
Based on Jago’s true life experiences, Kesho Amohoro is set in the Rwandan refugee camps of Northern Tanzania in 1994 and it follows the young refugee Esperance, and her siblings, as they struggle to survive.
They meet with the resilient Kasulu kids, Rwandan refugee children, with no parents, who have formed themselves into a tight-knit gang. Together they face incredible setbacks and deep heartache, but through it all they still manage to look positively to the future.
The play first premiered in Nairobi at the Braeburn Theatre in 2015 and will be returning to the stage on Mashujaa weekend (October 20th-21st).
2022 has been a tumultuous year for refugees worldwide and this tender yet poignant play reminds us of the delicate state of peace and the value of home and belonging. Children facing the worst atrocities found love in a hopeless place.
Everyone should see Kesho Amahoro. Tickets available on KenyaBuzz HERE