Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal

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Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Hope for begging talibe children, St-Louis Senegal
Just a car engine?  No!  A path to the future ...
Just a car engine? No! A path to the future ...

Issa shares his dream to become an auto mechanic

Issa Bâ is a talibé from the region of Kolda.  Kolda is in the far south of Senegal, far from Saint Louis.  Issa has been in Saint Louis for years begging and working to meet his quota for his marabout and studying the Koran a few hours a week, while spending as much time as he can at Maison de la Gare where he has friends and can rely on people to watch out for him.

Now, as an older talibé transitioning away from forced begging, Issa is taking full advantage of the opportunities Maison de la Gare has to offer.  A few months ago he was offered a leadership role at the center, which he proudly accepted.  Now he is responsible for general maintenance and cleanliness of the center’s emergency shelter as well as assisting the younger talibés with hygiene.  The possibility for some older talibés be to members of Maison de la Gare’s staff provides a stepping stone between forced begging and independence, allowing these youth to be freed from forced begging even though they have not yet developed enough in education, skills or training to live successfully on their own.

While working daily at Maison de la Gare, Issa Bâ is also a dedicated mechanic's apprentice.  Upon learning of opportunities to acquire skills though Maison de la Gare's apprenticeship programs, Issa spoke up at the organization’s annual general meeting last November about his dream of learning to become an auto mechanic.

Now, Issa is in training at the mechanic shop Atelier Mame Dabakha Sy.  The manager, Daouda Sy, is impressed with Issa's dedication and diligence and thinks he should be ready to work independently as a mechanic in two years.

Issa arrives at the shop every morning at 9 a.m., remaining until 3 p.m.  Two days a week he returns to his daara to study the Koran for about an hour. The days he does not have Koranic studies he remains at the shop longer, eager to put in the training hours that will lead him closer to his goal.  Then, at 5 p.m., his work at Maison de la Gare begins.

Issa is also a karate student and trains each night at the Sor-Karate dojo for several hours, developing his passion for martial arts.  A few years ago, he became curious about the morning karate classes in Maison de la Gare’s center, and he soon joined in.  Issa is in training for his orange belt now.  Donors have sponsored him for membership at the Sor-Karate dojo.

Issa dedicates himself to each of his pursuits with uncommon dedication, recognizing his opportunities for what they really are: hope for the future.  Due to his skill and persevering attitude, he was invited to join the karate competition team and has had the opportunity to travel with the team several times for regional and national combat and kata competitions.

 

After years of forced begging, Maison de la Gare has made it possible for Issa Bâ to come a long way in a short time.  He is a leader, a role model for young talibés on their own and far from family, talibés without education or skills or any idea of how to obtain them.  Issa is apprenticing for work he loves.  And, his development as a martial artist is gaining him not just self-defense skill but confidence and respect.  And, the stamina and discipline to help him through the long days that are necessary to achieve his goals.

Issa Ba, from Maison de la Gare website
Issa Ba, from Maison de la Gare website
Issa speaks at AGM about his car mechanic dream
Issa speaks at AGM about his car mechanic dream
Issa with his mentor, mechanic Daouda Sy
Issa with his mentor, mechanic Daouda Sy
Deeply involved in the intricacies of a car engine
Deeply involved in the intricacies of a car engine
Issa receiving his yellow belt from Sonia LeRoy
Issa receiving his yellow belt from Sonia LeRoy
Issa (smiling) with Sor-Karate competition team
Issa (smiling) with Sor-Karate competition team

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Rowan and boys the morning after, in MDG's shelter
Rowan and boys the morning after, in MDG's shelter

Sonia shares the horror, and the hope, of a recent “night round”

“Since we discovered several years ago Issa Kouyaté’s personal night time habit of searching the dark alleys, transportation yards and dangerous, dark corners of Saint Louis for runaway talibés after midnight, "night rounds" have become part of Maison de la Gare's regular activities.  Teams now head out from the Maison de la Gare center at least twice a week in search of young boys who have run away from their daaras, typically due to abuse or fear of reprisal for failing to meet a begging quota.

The boys are at terrible risk when on the run. They try to strike a delicate balance between not being found, and not being too alone and thus subject to the whims of sexual predators or others ready to take advantage of them.  Their vulnerable lives become even more outrageously exposed to the chance of meeting evil when they are living on the streets at night.  During the days, the worst the talibés need to deal with on the streets is usually injury, hunger, exhaustion and bullying.  Imagine how bad it must be to know what awaits at night, and to run anyway.

Each time we have joined Issa or another team for a night round, we begin with barely suppressed excitement co-mingled with anxiety.  And, fear.  Not our own, but a sense of what the boys we are searching for must be feeling.  Excitement that we will find them and help them.   Anxiety that we might find them - we always hope there will be none on the streets tonight.  But, sadly, there are always many.

The very first time my dad, my daughter Rowan and I went out on a night round, what we saw branded us forever.  We had been intending to go out the night before, but were waiting for a news crew that wanted to follow Issa with cameras.  So we put it off.  The second night the news crew wanted us to postpone again but we decided to go.  We found four boys, huddled together in the cold tucked into their t-shirts.  One little one was more difficult to approach, more reluctant to trust us.  Rowan eventually won a tiny smile as she gently zipped her Lululemon jacket around him.  We learned later that he had been sexually assaulted the night before while on the street.  THE NIGHT BEFORE!  This knowledge is now part of me, will always be.

Last Tuesday night Idy and Bathe, leaders of the Maison de la Gare night round team, met Rowan and me at midnight at Maison de la Gare’s center.  We took taxis out to the Gare routière (the Saint Louis bus station) at the edge of town.  This is a large area full of hundreds of busses, trucks and cars all ready to take off first thing in the morning to different parts of Senegal, The Gambia and beyond.  The runaways often hide out here with the idea that they could steal away on a ride home.  How often do kids inadvertently end up in another, unknown country?  I cannot bear to imagine.  And, sometimes, as the kids sleep under vehicles to stay out of reach of potential predators, they are run over as the wheels start to move earlier than expected, before the sun rises.

We found five boys.  After meeting three more members of the team we split into two groups, Rowan in one with Idy and me in the other with Bathe.  We prowled through the narrow alleys and shone our flashlights under cars, into parked busses, behind crevices.  My light soon shone upon a grown man, huddled under a blanket, hidden behind a half-wall.  As my light moved along, it soon shone upon a tiny bundle, opposite to the grown man.  Ibrahima!  Bathe estimated his age at ten.  How could this little waif have been older than six?  Bathe gently woke him and spoke with him in Wolof.  The boy was convinced to follow us.  But I stayed a step behind, with a hand hovering and ready to leap just in case he chose to run. 

We soon found three more boys, piled together under canvas rags.  As they were gently woken from sleep, reality began to hit me hard as it does every time I do this.  Nothing to do but just DO.  After all, what is what I feel compared to what they lived?

We met up with Rowan's group and paused to note the names and daaras of the boys, and to learn something of their stories.  The night here is cold at this time of year.  Little Ibrahima was shivering, perhaps from the cold, perhaps from fear.  Rowan removed her favorite sweater (deja-vu) and put it on Ibrahima.  As he huddled into the new-found warmth, Rowan peeled a few oranges and handed them out.  Then, we hopped into taxis to return to the emergency shelter at Maison de la Gare.  As we were leaving the Gare routière, another little talibé came up to the car.  He had been watching.  We must have looked like help and not hurt.  He hopped in.  Then he fell right asleep.

When we arrived back at the center, the boys were registered with the social worker who is always on duty.  Rowan and I helped find the bedding and set them up in the shelter’s bunk beds, likely the first beds they had ever known.

 

Rowan and I returned in the morning and settled in with the little runaways.  They seemed to trust us, and were soon out of their shells, playing chase and tickle games, reading and dancing to music.  One by one, the social worker sat with them to try to figure out where they were from, which daara, which village, country?  Had they been abused?  Did they want to go home?  Did they have a home to return to?

This time only one boy, Amadou, will be returned to his distant home.  This is planned for later next week, after his marabout can be located and has been called to account.  The others will be returned to their daaras later today.  A difficult thing.  But, the Palais de Justice has spoken, and the boys did not choose home - maybe none exists any longer for them?  But, Maison de la Gare now knows them, and they now know Maison de la Gare.  Maison de la Gare will watch their daaras.  Their marabouts know they will be watching.  This helps.

I saved writing about our night round until we were safely on our way home, flying back toward my usual reality.  Each one of us seems to know just what we can take.  These talibé boys seem to be able to take more than most of us.  But, for the love of God, why must they?”

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We are grateful to all of our precious supporters who make our work for these children possible.

Three boys piled together under a canvas sheet
Three boys piled together under a canvas sheet
Idy wakes them, and gently convinces them to come
Idy wakes them, and gently convinces them to come
Bathe reassures a reluctant talibe runaway
Bathe reassures a reluctant talibe runaway
Tucked into a bunk bed, under a warm quilt
Tucked into a bunk bed, under a warm quilt
Aby & Amadou encourage a child to share his story
Aby & Amadou encourage a child to share his story
Amadou, happy with his decision to return home
Amadou, happy with his decision to return home

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Chuck in conversation with talibe children
Chuck in conversation with talibe children

Chuck is an inspiration to us all

"When I began the search for a volunteer post in French speaking Africa, it was just by accident (or luck) that I ran across Maison de la Gare.  I thought I'd find a place to teach English, as I'd done in three previous postings at schools in Thailand, Laos and Mexico.  I had come to international volunteering late in life, but what I'd found had been both fascinating and adventuresome, a compelling combination for me.  So, at 80, I was not going to back off quite yet. 

The Maison de la Gare website was immediately appealing, a chance to help out with these boys who are forced to beg daily on the streets of Saint Louis.  I didn't know how exactly I could lend a hand, but thought that perhaps I could teach something - or just do whatever was asked.  I sent off a query to Issa Kouyaté, the director.

And received an immediate reply.  I took the live-with-a-family option (over the hotel) and family living turned out to be key in my plunge into the local scene with all the challenges and satisfactions that go with cultural immersion.

So, after a few days in the chaotic, colorful capital of Dakar to get my Senegalese bearings, have a look around and get tuned in to the local French accent, I arrived in Saint Louis on the doorstep of Mme Soda Beye with just enough time to meet the family - son, daughter and grandson - before sitting down on a carpet and sharing the main meal of the day from a large common bowl and eating either with fingers or a soup spoon (my choice) and, this being a Muslim country, right hand only (I only had to be reminded once or twice with a poke in the ribs).   The meal was the national dish called Thiéboudienne, cooked fish and vegetables over rice and covered with a spicy, tasty sauce.  I was to see numerous variations of this dish over the coming weeks.   Sitting side by side with family members, sharing from the same large pot and engaging in animated conversation, made me feel like one of the family right away.

The next morning, Issa picked me up and walked me the 20 minutes to Maison de la Gare's center just off a main street across from the soccer stadium.   Staff members were warmly welcoming and, although the first boys I met initially looked wide-eyed at the stranger, it wasn't long until they were all smiles and high-fives.  The Maison de la Gare compound is made up of a basic office/computer and TV/library building, a common outdoor clothes washing and bathing area, a row of toilet stalls, a kitchen, an emergency shelter, three classrooms and, separately, an infirmary, all grouped around the central play yard of sand.

After some orientation and observing I wandered into the infirmary and there found my place.  After seeing a succession of these boys aged 5 to 15 - mostly in ragged, much used clothing - be treated for wounds and cuts (to bare feet), abrasions, skin and scalp conditions and sometimes burns or scabies, I was asked to help out.

And so began my daily routine, showing up at the opening bell and taking my place beside my co-workers, Awa and Abibou.  It wasn't difficult to learn the routines of cleaning, bandaging and assisting other procedures, but it was very rewarding to offer these helpful treatments to the boys, the talibés, so poignantly in need of comfort, support and attention.  It wasn't long before I felt like one of the team. 

Often the infirmary wasn't so busy in the afternoon and the activities director Abdou, a wonderful, talented guy, got me involved in helping run the simple games, races and more that these kids so loved.  Watching them enjoy themselves, happily free and at play, was sheer joy.  After helping hand out a late afternoon snack, I went to a classroom and taught basic conversational English and French.  The lack of materials was sometimes frustrating but the kids were so enthusiastic and full of energy that it was a happy class experience nonetheless.  Yet when the gates closed, it was sad to think of these happy faces going back to the squalid, overcrowded and often abusive living conditions to which they are subjected by the so-called Koranic teachers who exploit them.

I'm a longtime city biker, so Issa found me a bike which not only took me daily to the center, home for lunch and back for the afternoon session, but also propelled me to explore all corners of the city and, on the weekends, the countryside as well.  There was much to take in, from colorful markets to teeming shopping streets and stark, gritty poverty.  Saint Louis, once the vibrant capitol of all of French West Africa, is now a tale of faded glory.  Yet exploring the remnants of French colonial times, the vital fishing port with its hundreds of brightly painted boats and the Artisan Village that was home to many friendly and talented craftsmen, these were just a few of the myriad of wonders to be discovered during my stay. 

This has been about the journey of a volunteer, yet the real story is about the boys, the talibés, sent from impoverished rural homes to Saint Louis to 'study' (read memorize) the Koran and who find themselves beggars, horribly exploited by their teachers.  The practice is in fact illegal, but so ingrained in the local culture that it stubbornly persists.  Maison de la Gare has made important inroads, provided heightened awareness, improved hygiene, nutrition and, perhaps most importantly, given hope to so many boys.  Yet there remains much to be done.

To my colleagues Abdou , Bouri, Awa, Abibou, Mamadou, Kalidou who taught English with me, Souleymane who led karate class, Aïda my French teaching friend and Issa, just to name a few of the dedicated staffers, I was in awe of your fierce dedication to the talibé cause.  It doesn't take long, observing these rag-tag boys washing themselves and their clothes, brushing teeth (many for the first time), making friends with one another and playing their games, to understand the dedication to their cause that grips the staff as well as the international support network that sustains their efforts."

High five with a young talibe
High five with a young talibe
Chuck greets Maison de la Gare nurse Awa Diallo
Chuck greets Maison de la Gare nurse Awa Diallo
Treating a child in the infirmary
Treating a child in the infirmary
Chuck and Abdou organizing afternoon games
Chuck and Abdou organizing afternoon games
A much anticipated and desperately needed snack
A much anticipated and desperately needed snack
Teaching talibes students in an evening class
Teaching talibes students in an evening class

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Talibé children discover a new world, right next door

The talibé children of Maison de la Gare recently had the opportunity to discover a corner of Gandiol, an area close to Saint Louis where they had never been despite its nearness.  This excursion was organized by Maison de la Gare’s volunteers and staff working with volunteers and staff from the association “Hahatay - Smiles from Gandiol”.

Almost a hundred children gathered at Maison de la Gare’s center that day to participate in the excursion, which was to include minibus transportation, food and a guided tour of the area.

This day will be etched in the memories of the young talibés, thanks the opportunity to discover an extraordinary place.  The mere fact of leaving behind their daily routine and the bustle of the city to spend a day of leisure in the Gandiolesque calm was a release for these children, a breath of fresh air and a source of energy for returning to face their challenging day-to-day lives.

In Gandiol they visited the House of the Little Ones, a classroom built by Hahatay volunteers and staff from plastic bottles filled with sand.  They were able to play and sing with the young students and the teachers of the school, and with the Hahatay volunteer team.  The school’s director donated a bag of soap to Maison de la Gare, a commodity that is used in large quantities at Maison de la Gare’s center both for personal hygiene and for the laundry that talibé children do every day.

Afterwards, the children went for a walk to visit the salt flats, where they learned how salt from the sea is concentrated by the sun’s energy so that it can be collected by community women.  And they visited the emblematic lighthouse that gives its name to the district of Pilote, whose history they learned thanks to the friendly lighthouse keeper who explained the critical role that this lighthouse has played guiding ships far out to sea.

There was also time on the beach for free play and rest.

Lunch was prepared by Maison de la Gare’s team with help from the teachers from the House of the Little Ones; there were sandwiches, juices and sweets for everyone, shared by children and adults … a perfect ending after so much activity.

In addition to the benefits of this day for the talibé children, it was also a day of networking and sharing for staff and volunteers from the two organizations, sharing their commitment to working for the common good of vulnerable children.

It was a different day, a special day for the almost 100 talibés.  The joyful faces, the smiles and the words of thanks make all our efforts worthwhile, and give us strength to continue fighting so that the daily lives of these children can be a little less difficult.

A ten for all the team members who participated in this event, from the organization of the event to the day itself, both the Maison de la Gare team, workers and volunteers and the Hahatay volunteers and staff including the teachers of the House of the Little Ones.

In conclusion, a day to repeat!

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Arouna (on left) and fellow marchers in the street
Arouna (on left) and fellow marchers in the street

Human Rights Watch reports on progress in stopping child begging in Senegal, and Maison de la Gare responds

On Tuesday, July 11th, Issa Kouyaté joined human rights activists from across Senegal at a press conference in Dakar at which Human Rights Watch presented their most recent report on progress in eliminating child begging in Senegal.  While this important report signals some progress, its sad conclusion is that efforts to date fall far short of what is needed.  Please click here to access the full text.

Maison de la Gare responded to this report by organizing a march through the streets of Saint Louis.  Arouna Kandé, a talibé staff member, writes: “As a talibé who has lived maltreatment in my daara, I do not want my young brothers to have to suffer the same fate as I did.  This is why I joined the march through the streets of Saint Louis, following a banner reading SOPPI NEKKINOU XALLE YE (Behavior Towards Children Must Change).

We set out on Charles de Gaulle Avenue near our center at about 9 a.m., marching for four hours with the members of our staff and of the NGOs Terres Rouges, Univers de l’enfant, Claire Enfance, Association Jeunesse Espoir (AJE) and many others.  Our route took us through areas of Saint Louis where the daaras which are ‘home’ to talibé children are concentrated.”

From the summary of the Human Rights Watch report: “Across Senegal, an estimated 50,000 boys living in traditional Quranic boarding schools, or daaras, are forced to beg for daily quotas of money, rice or sugar by their Quranic teachers, known as marabouts. Children in these daaras are often beaten, chained, bound, and subjected to other forms of physical or psychological abuse amounting to inhuman and degrading treatment.

In June 2016, the government demonstrated meaningful political will by introducing a new program to 'remove children from the streets' (known in French as the ‘retrait des enfants de la rue,’ or simply the ‘retrait’), intended to crack down on forced child begging. ...”

“In the month following the program’s launch, aid workers, rights activists, and government officials observed a dramatic drop in the presence of children begging in both Dakar and Saint-Louis.  However, the failure to investigate and prosecute abusive teachers ultimately led to a return of the status quo. ...”

“From May to June 2017, Human Rights Watch and the Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (PPDH), a coalition of 40 Senegalese children’s rights organizations, observed hundreds of children living in squalid, unsanitary daaras in Dakar and Saint-Louis.  Nineteen of the 43 current and former talibé children Human Rights Watch interviewed on the streets and in children’s shelters said that they are beaten if they fail to study, try to run away, return late to the daara, or fail to bring back daily quotas.  Several marabouts interviewed in Quranic schools admitted to beating their talibés for the same reasons.

In the northern city of Saint Louis, Human Rights Watch and social workers from the children’s shelter Maison de la Gare encountered a 9-year-old talibé hunched over in pain at the bus station around 1 a.m., his T shirt pulled over his head.  Tears streaked the child’s face as he described the severe beating he had received, administered by the Quranic teacher’s assistant, after failing to meet the daily quota.  ‘I didn’t give the grand talibé my payment, so he beat me with a stick.  He also did it to four other talibés,’ he said. Open wounds and scars from previous beatings marked the child’s back. ...”

“Senegal has ratified all major international conventions on children’s rights.  Its penal code criminalizes physical abuse and willful neglect of children, and a 2005 law prohibits forced begging and human trafficking.  However, a law drafted in 2013 to establish legal status and regulations for daaras had yet to be passed at the time of writing.

Human Rights Watch, PPDH, and other Senegalese civil society activists call on the Senegalese government to strengthen the 'retrait' program, investigate and prosecute abusive Quranic teachers, and pass the draft law to establish a legal framework to regulate the Quranic schools.”

 

Arouna shares his feelings after the march.  “This day was full of emotion and joy, but of sadness too.  I was very aware that we are no longer alone, standing with NGOs, associations and institutions … some of these branches of the government.  I was sad inside myself, being reminded of the bad experiences that I had lived in my daara.  But, I was very happy to be marching with everyone struggling to improve the lives of the talibé children.”

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We are grateful to Lauren Seibert and Human Rights Watch for their permission to reproduce photos and text from their report.  And we are particularly grateful to them for their unrelenting determination to publicize and end child begging in Senegal, and to all of the individuals and organizations in Senegal and around the world who are committed to this goal and who make possible our continuing efforts in support of the talibé children. 

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