Little black girls in little black graves

Little black girls in little black graves

I went to a play called All Our Yesterday’s on Sunday night. Someone tweeted about it and I thought it might be interesting given the subject matter; missing school girls from Nigeria. I had never attended anything at The Toronto Fringe Festival before but I was excited and ready to be upset.

All Our Yesterday's

I walked out of that theater moved. The story, the acting and the ending poem were all truly moving. The way the writer weaves in the importance of education and more touchingly Hasana’s desire to learn is really impactful. The revelation that girls might not be as valued as boys, the character development and the way it all comes together, is brilliant. When the play ended, there were tears rolling down my face but I was incredibly happy that I attended. Grateful that I supported Chloé Hung, the writer and the 2 incredible actors, Amaka Umeh and Amanda Weise. Immediately I wanted to tell everyone and encourage them to go. If not to support our local talent, then to support Because I’m a Girl (this play is a fundraiser) and if not for the charity then for the missing girls. Girls that the world has forgotten about.

#BringBackOurGirls was a powerful movement but it didn’t succeed. The girls are still missing and the few that have escaped painted a grim picture of what the other girls are likely experiencing.

Sometimes we forget that each stat and each number in a news story represents an actual person. A person with a life, hopes, dreams, family and a plan for the future. This play brings the stats to life. You walk away feeling like you’ve gained an insight into the heads of the missing girls. Hasana and Ladi could have been real. The minimalist stage setup encourages you to connect with the actors and feel the raw emotions they portray. These sisters and their story will touch your heart.

Make time to watch this. Here are the remaining showtimes:

July 08 at 04:00 PM
July 09 at 01:45 PM
July 11 at 09:15 PM
July 12 at 12:00 PM

Tickets can be purchased here: http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/shows/all-our-yesterdays/

For those unable to make it, I want to share this poem with you. It is sung by Hasana at the end of the play and it gave me chills.

 Little Black Girls

by Chloe Hung

Little black girls in little black graves,

You can’t keep telling them just be brave.

Little black girls in little black graves,

Don’t let them die thinking no one came.

Does anyone hear our little black cries?

The tears rolling down our little black eyes.

Our voices so small, silenced by knives,

The little black girls who lost their lives.

Little black girls in little black graves,

You can’t keep telling them just be brave.

Little black girls in little black graves,

Show them that’s not how men behave.

Don’t let them die thinking no one came.

Don’t let them die thinking no one came.

I would like to thank Chloé for sharing this poem with me and allowing me to share it with you. Let’s all do what we can to prevent any more girls from going missing because they dare to seek an education.

-Kavita Dogra

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