Dancing with Disability
It is estimated that 10% of the population or 4 million Kenyans suffer from some form of physical disability. This is higher than the worldly average due to polio not being treated or prevented correctly.
The majority of people with disability in Kenya are hidden away from society.
To many Kenyans disability is a ‘taboo’.
PAMOJA (meaning ‘together’ in Swahili) is a multi abled and disabled professional dance group in Nairobi, Kenya. 12 out of the 14 dancers are disabled. The contradictions that embody the lives of the dancers is fascinating. Hidden from daily life and revealed on stage. Shunned by society and loved by the audience. Most individuals in the group were born and grew up into a life of serious adversity, and yet many, as a testimonial to their strength of character, are now the breadwinners of their families.