His name is Malick.
Eight (8) years in the street and almost two (2) years at the center Chance for All Senegal, which gathers, directs and serves, as a home for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and talibés, here is the decisive choice: find his parent or stay on the street, which he has always known.
Malick, aged 14, has been on the street since he was four, the day his father left him under the “skirts” of a Daara marabout in the city of Saint-Louis (Pikine).
Malick is a street children like no other. He always takes care of himself with the money he makes in his long days traveling around the city of Saint-Louis. He is a soccer lover, his love for soccer makes him always dressed in the jerseys of the national team. Of his habits, Malick prowls around the hotel next to the post office (Hotel de la poste), the hotel Residence and can earn up to 700 francs the day. With the little French he knows, he sometimes serves as a tour guide. He helps tourists make money change by taking them to the ideal places or by interpreting the local language, shows them the city he knows as the palm of his hand, from the cultural center, to hotel de poste and the walks under the "takussanou"(Evening) Ndar along the bridge.
From this activity, the boy meets "toubabs"called Fred and Nancy that led him to discover warmth and hope at Chance for All Senegal since he set foot there, one day, in March 2017. The change is not about to stop there for Malick. His stride at Chance for All Senegal was the beginning of finding his family. For a child as remarkable as him, to leave him, still, at the mercy of the street was not conceivable for his new friends, family.
In a desire to reunite him with his family, The local staff at the association in collaboration with other association in Saint-Louis lead inquiries and make their way back to his hometown.
After days and days, visiting several concessions, using photos that did not betray paternal traits, they found Malick's father. Actually his father lives in Daara Djolof.
In an interview with that latter, he confides to having left him to a "Serigne" of Daara when he was four (4) years old. Time passes, he loses contact and for not having set foot in the same place for a long time, he loses sight of his boy, who had no memory of where he came from.
The father is happy and eager to be back under the same roof with his son but this is not Malick's enthusiasm. When one learns to live at his own expense soon enough the family cocoon can represent the bird’s fear of the cage: being deprived of freedom, afraid to no longer fly high.
Malick fears that he will no longer be able to make money to support himself and be a burden to his dad.
Thus, the question of gaining his family or remaining in the life he has known since his four (4) years, with the new family he has made, remains unresolved.
What would you do instead of Malick? Compromises ?