Scene from the stage performance
With Bintu – The Musical, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday, December 19 brought to the stage the crisis in the Northeastern part of the country at the MUSON Centre, Lagos.
The theatre production is a bold and thoughtful dramatization of the humanitarian impact of the decade-long crisis that has plagued the three north-eastern states — Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. It is based on the real-life experiences of people caught in the conflict, which has driven an estimated two million people from their homes.
Nearly three million people struggle to meet their food needs in the three crisis-affected states – almost double the number at the same time last year.
The play follows a young girl called Bintu, whose dream of going to the university was dramatically cut short when the insurgents strike. Bintu and her friends find refuge in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), where they receive humanitarian assistance. While in the camp, Bintu slowly begins to rebuild her life.