Crack­down fails to im­prove child beg­gars

Observer on Saturday - - News -

- Dawn has barely bro­ken as three of Sene­gal’s es­ti­mated 50 000 child beg­gars dart through the cap­i­tal’s streets, hop­ing for a bag of sugar or a few coins to hand over to their teach­ers. Sene­gal’s “tal­ibes” - chil­dren as young as four sent to Is­lamic board­ing schools by their par­ents, then forced to earn their keep by beg­ging - are out in force ev­ery day in Dakar, de­spite a govern­ment crack­down on the prac­tice. Child spe­cial­ists say a spike in num­bers at ded­i­cated re­cep­tion cen­tres left them strug­gling to house so many chil­dren as they sifted through in­di­vid­ual cases, but busi­ness as usual has re­sumed in the months since.


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