Rabat – A group of Moroccan children from a migrant detention center for minors in Melilla moved the entire audience, including the judges, with their audition for the television show “Spain’s Got Talent.”
Their coach, who came on stage with them, explained the 14 children’s tragic circumstances. “We came from Melilla … these are minors who live in a detention center in the city,” the coach told the panel of judges.
“They are abandoned children,” the coach said, with tears in her eyes. “They used to live in Morocco with their families, who were forced to abandon their kids near the borders.”
The children crossed the border to Spain alone, seeking a better life, according to the coach. After arriving in Melilla, police transferred them to detention centers.
“They are faced with many difficulties, including the language barrier … and bullying,” continued the coach.
Dance, for these children, is both an outlet and a possible pathway to a better life that they have found through Spain’s Nana Association, a migrant outreach program which the coach works with.
With their dance piece, the children tried to represent their struggles as unaccompanied minors in Spain.
“Theater, music, and dance helps us to be better people, we have come to show that we are good people even if we are born in another country, we all have the right to fight for our dreams and to realize them,” said one of the children before the performance began.
The moving performance brought the judges to tears and received a standing ovation from the crowd. The children received a “golden buzzer” from the judges, meaning they will go straight to the semifinals of the competition.
The children appeared overjoyed as golden confetti rained down and the judges ran on stage to hug them.