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In this Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 photo, A girl part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children juggles clubs during a performance at the European Union Compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Mini Mobile Circus for Children is a program run by a nonprofit group supported by foreign embassies and others in Afghanistan. Some 850 children across the country take part in the program, which includes children from refugee families and orphanages. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan children tumble, juggle, smile and laugh as they roll over mats and keep bowling pins in the air, performing a series of circus feats taught as a rare treat amid their country's decades of war.

It's part of the Mini Mobile Circus for Children, a program run by a nonprofit group supported by foreign embassies and others in Afghanistan. Some 850 children across the country take part in the program, which includes children from refugee families and orphanages.

"We want Afghan children to experience something non-violent and not related to war and taste a peaceful life to get ready to make a peaceful life in their future," said David Mason, one of the program's leaders.

In this Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 photo, teenagers part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children juggle clubs during a performance at the European Union
In this Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 photo, teenagers part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children juggle clubs during a performance at the European Union Compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Mini Mobile Circus for Children is a program run by a nonprofit group supported by foreign embassies and others in Afghanistan. Some 850 children across the country take part in the program, which includes children from refugee families and orphanages. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (Massoud Hossaini/AP)

Recently, the children performed in Kabul, which included sessions where they also did magic tricks and juggled flaming pins. Young girls wearing brightly colored hijabs also took part, though in some provinces the program has no girls participating.

Here is a gallery of images by Associated Press photographer Massoud Hossaini showing Afghan children performing the circus feats they've learned.

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Mini Mobile Circus for Children: www.afghanmmcc.org

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In this Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 photo, a girl part of the Mobile Mini Circus for Children demonstrates her skills in front of police officers during a
In this Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 photo, a girl part of the Mobile Mini Circus for Children demonstrates her skills in front of police officers during a performance at the European Union Compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Mini Mobile Circus for Children is a program run by a nonprofit group supported by foreign embassies and others in Afghanistan. Some 850 children across the country take part in the program, which includes children from refugee families and orphanages. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (Massoud Hossaini/AP)

In this Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 photo,  teenagers part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children demonstrate their skills during a performance at the
In this Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 photo, teenagers part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children demonstrate their skills during a performance at the European Union Compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. "We want Afghan children to experience something non-violent and not related to war and taste a peaceful life to get ready to make a peaceful life in their future,? said David Mason, one of the program?s leaders. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (Massoud Hossaini/AP)

In this Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 photo, a girl part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children, looks out for her colleagues performance at the European
In this Saturday Aug. 9, 2014 photo, a girl part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children, looks out for her colleagues performance at the European Union Compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Mini Mobile Circus for Children is a program run by a nonprofit group supported by foreign embassies and others in Afghanistan. Some 850 children across the country take part in the program, which includes children from refugee families and orphanages. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (Massoud Hossaini/AP)

In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 photo, children part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children perform their skills during a parade in Qargha Lake, on
In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 photo, children part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children perform their skills during a parade in Qargha Lake, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Some 850 children across the country take part in the program, which includes children from refugee families and orphanages. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (Massoud Hossaini/AP)