Behind “I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts” are the young cast members pictured above, and others that moved to Canada in search of asylum after facing violence and genocide in Burma

(Myanmar). For these newcomers to Kitchener-Waterloo, the play they have created is more than a performance. It is a call to action against an ongoing humanitarian crisis, and a bridge that connects global to local issues.

“We are fighting to stop this genocide. Fourteen kids that came from a refugee camp are making the whole government listen,” says Ahmed Ullah, of the creative initiative.

During International Development Week, celebrated across Canada February 3–9, 2019, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) invites you to experience, through the eyes of exceptional Ontarians and the organizations they are a part of, Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change. This award-winning virtual exhibit lets you travel alongside change makers from all walks of life that are working for universal sustainable development.

Through Transformations and OCIC events we invite you to join communities and their leaders, civil society organizations and institutions across Ontario and around the world that are working together to support community-led development and a feminist, decolonized and more inclusive future.

The initiative is led by OCIC in collaboration with Allan Lissner, Praxis Pictures, with financial support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.

We believe that together, we can change the world.

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