Tackling HIV/AIDS through art

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Art being an expression of inner feelings has been used for centuries to mend broken souls, celebrate a people's heritage and express both anger and happiness at various occurrences. It is thus befitting that in an era when HIV/AIDS has been identified as one of the biggest challenges facing mankind artists and art trainers have found it as a means to combat or perhaps ease the pain caused by the killer disease. Canada-based Art For AIDS, a charitable organisation has been using this ancient trade to fight AIDS throughout the world.

The organisation's director, Hendrikos Bervoets, last week descended on Botswana to workshop students on how to use art to address their social problems, including HIV/AIDS. The workshop was concluded with the group producing art works to express what they could have learnt at the workshop.

The exhibition of those works at Thapong Visual Arts Centre on Friday was a culmination of learning, sharing and self-expression, according to Bervoets.

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