Published in Pantau.com – Indonesia
Hallway of a settlement in the city of Karachi, Pakistan, known as a narcotics center, gang warfare and low literacy rates, children learn about peace, love and interfaith sharing from wayang.
When the curtain opens on the stage, a puppeteer tells the story of “Sinbad the Sailor”, a hero from the Middle East and his journey around the world. During his voyage he met people of various faiths, languages and religions – who agreed not to have much freedom from one another.
“A man now and you are talking about caste,” the protagonist puppet said, received by Reuters – monitored by Antara in Jakarta on Tuesday. He condemned another doll who did not want to save another puppet character who was captured and drowned because the figure came from a lower caste.
“You must be ashamed to call yourself human. Humans let humans not caste,” Sinbad said.
Scriptwriter Nouman Mehmood said that this story appeared in his mind, a compilation of his group, carrying out educational activities in the city’s poor settlements.
They paid attention to religious and ethnic antagonisms in the settlement and decided to create ways to support the message of peace, conversation and harmony.
Pakistan, a country of 200 citizens – who participated in Muslims, has witnessed repeated attacks on churches, Hindu temples and Sufi shrines in the years that were attended by hardline groups.
Conservative schools are usually opposed to radicalism but they are the only educational institutions available to millions of poor children, so the message of choice is very important.
“The basic thing is acceptance. People must have enough space to accept others no matter if they are Christians, without considering whether they are Hindus, without considering whether they are Sikhs,” Mehmood said.
The show, organized by the Thespianz Theater, plans to travel to poor settlements in Karachi and the province after staging in the loud Lyari Settlement in Karachi.
“There is a message that we should not interfere in the affairs of other religions. We help each other,” said freedom class student, Adul Rahim Arshad, after watching.
“If someone forgets us, we cannot ask him back. In fact we must help him,” he said.