As we reach the midpoint of 2017 the month of July is nearly upon us. That means the annual Arts to End Slavery Exhibition will be taking place once again. The event will commence on July 3rd at 6.00pm until July 14th, 2017. The venue has been confirmed as KOBO Trust, 523 Riara Road in Nairobi.

Last year was an outstanding success for all involved in the exhibition. Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) has successfully implemented the project for the last two years with the goal of bringing awareness to the issue of human trafficking in Kenya and eradicating the issue throughout Kenya and more broadly, East Africa. According to International Organization for Migration (IOM) more than 20,000 victims are trafficked through Kenya annually from neighboring countries including Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan.

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Some art pieces from 2016 above.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which is one of HAART’s partners defines human trafficking as:

the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring 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.

The Project

The projects main goal is to bring together a number of local professional artists, photographers, musicians, poets who will shed light on the issue of human trafficking using their own medium. The exhibition is essentially a blank canvass where these artists can get the message across to the public and consequently bring awareness to trafficking of persons.

This exhibition is a very creative way for artists to engage the attention of people who otherwise would not be aware of the issue in Kenya. One of last years participants – Rehema Baya stated, “I enjoyed the arts to end slavery exhibition last year. It was really amazing to see my work on the wall and appreciated in the way that it was. The exhibition brought about a great discussion about human trafficking especially among the artists.”

People who attend the exhibition can expect to see the following artists: Paul Otieno Abwao, Rehema Baya, Lia Beharne, Samuel Githui, Immaulate Juma, Abdul Kipruto, Leevans Linyerera, Cephas Mutua, Lincoln Mwangi, Peteros Ndunde, Naitiemu Nyanjom, Brian Omolo, Joan Otieno, Nicole Riziki, Lemek Tompoika and Gemini Vaghela.

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Break every chain is a call to dismantle oppression. No human being should be a slaved, the artwork illustrates the millions of people who have had their basic freedom and dignity stripped from them by traffickers. These are sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers and children, and they all deserve to be treated with love and respect.

If you would like to know more about Arts to End Slavery please contact HAART Kenya on +254 (0) 738 506 264 or Email: info@haartkenya.org. The public is very much encouraged to attend the event and everybody at HAART would be very much appreciative of your support in the fight against human trafficking. Donations can also be made to help HAART continue its great work against modern-day slavery.

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