Play: A Blue Heart, Joy’s Story

Fern Poetry and the Africa Sanaelimu art Ensemble have come together to develop a play titled ‘A Blue Heart; Joy’s story, to create awareness on human trafficking. The play is about Joy, a young girl who goes to live with her aunt after her parent’s unfortunate demise, giving birth to a gripping saga. A Blue Heart; Joy’s story brings together narration, poetry, music and dance. Bernard Muhia from Fern Poetry has written the poems in the play while Mike Kasongo from Africa Sanaelimu Art Ensemble has choreographed the dances and the music. The music is from traditional African drums beaten to a perfect rhythm to reflect the various moods of the play.


The title is inspired by the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which is mandated to create awareness on human trafficking. UNODC is also working to make the ‘blue heart’ an international symbol for human trafficking. The United Nations defines human trafficking as “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation”.


This play has was inspired by the KARDS’ study of 2009 on the proliferation of human trafficking in East Africa. KARDS is also collaborating in the process of the production of this play. The play was written by Luiz Nzomo, a locally based playwright, A Blue Heart; Joy’s story is going to be performed as a joint project between Fern and Sanalimu in high schools, social/community halls and at Alliance Française, the Braeburn Theater as well as the Kenya National Theater. Check posters for more details or go to and


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  1. Trackback: Amani for Africa » Contro il traffico di persone umane

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