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Pulitzer Center Update December 3, 2015

Global Activism: Changing Lives Through the Magic of the Circus


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In the remote northern reaches of one of the wealthiest countries of the world is an aboriginal...

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From left: Maribeth Joy, Yamoussa Bangoura, and Guillaume Saladin speak to WBEZ. Image by Mark Schulte. Chicago, 2015.

Best friends and world-class acrobats, Yamoussa Bangoura and Guillaume Saladin, bring Circus Without Borders to Chicago's WBEZ radio. The pair's dream? To bring hope and change to struggling communities in the Canadian Arctic and the West African country of Guinea through circus.

Below, WBEZ summarizes the interview with the pair while they are in Chicago in advance of their Friday, December 4, event at CircEsteem. The Chicago visit is part of a two-week educational tour with the Pulitzer Center.

Yamoussa Bangoura is from Guinea, West Africa and Guillaume Saladin is from a remote Inuit community in the Arctic Tundra. They joined to realize their shared vision to use circus arts to help suffering children in their respective communities. Today, they've taken their work global and it's the subject of a documentary produced by filmmaker and Boston Globe feature writer, Linda Matchen. We'll talk with all three about their work, the film and their new collaboration with Global Activist, Maribeth Joy, who joins us as well. She's executive director of CircEsteem. Her group uses circus arts as therapy for kids in the Chicago area. The film, Circus Without Borders, was produced, in part, by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.