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Young leaders fighting AIDS

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© UNICEF B-roll HIV/AIDS 2001

Carina, a teenager from Guatemala, is part of the Iqui Balam theatre group that draws together young people to stage performances about AIDS for teenagers. Many of the performers are former gang-members who have decided to make a difference in their communities. In one performance, Carina plays a house that is going to be invaded by the AIDS virus.

“We use comedy because it’s a way to speak to youngsters. When we speak directly about the topic, they get bored. It’s better to talk about it with laughter so that they understand what we are telling them,” she says.