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SENEGAL-ELECTION/CHILD-BEGGARS
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February 23, 2019
An eight-year-old boy fled his Koranic school in Saint-Louis, Senegal this month after he said a teacher...
Saint Louis, Senegal
The Wider Image: Forced to beg, Senegal's "talibes" face exploitation and abuse
An eight-year-old boy fled his Koranic school in Saint-Louis, Senegal this month after he said a teacher threatened to beat him for not earning enough money begging on the street. Hours later, alone in the corner of a low-lit bus station, he was raped by a teenager. The child, whose name is not disclosed for privacy reasons, was rescued mid-assault by a local non-profit called Maison de la Gare that patrols Saint-Louis at night battling what has become a deep-rooted problem in Senegalese cities: thousands of young boys sent to religious schools end up begging on the streets, or worse. A Reuters witness also saw the rape before it was stopped. Families across Senegal have long enrolled their children in schools called daaras to learn Islamic scripture and build character. Historically, part of that teaching included begging for food to instill humility. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "TALIBE BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: SENEGAL-ELECTION/CHILD-BEGGARS
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