Teachers defy government against child beggars

download (5)From MACOUMBA BEYE in Dakar, Senegal
DAKAR, (CAJ News) – SENEGAL has been urged to investigate and prosecute abusive teachers forcing thousands of Muslim children into begging.
The teachers’ stance is in defiance of a year-long government programme to get children off the streets.
Some 50 000 children, known as the talibé, are suffering from forced begging and abuse at certain Quranic schools in the capital Dakar and surrounding regions.
They endure violence and physical abuse, chaining and imprisonment as well as sexual abuse at the hands of the teachers at the boarding schools, also known as daaras.
Rights groups reported thousand of talibés living in squalid daaras are begging in plain sight in the cities of Dakar and Saint-Louis.
The children – in many cases shoeless, dirty, their clothing in tatters, suffering from skin infections, and malnourished – often beg in front of police and French paramilitary, near government buildings and along busy highways.
While the government crackdown has achieved some success with over 1 547 children removed from the streets and hundreds returned to their families, thousands more are still begging to supplement funds for the daaras.
However, no arrests or official inspections have been conducted.
Conditions at Quranic schools are deplorable.
The death of two talibés from abuse and five cases of actual or attempted sexual abuse have been reported.
About 30 minors were beaten, chained, or imprisoned in daaras in the past year.
Corinne Dufka, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said, “To deter abuse and to address this pervasive problem at its core, the government should ensure that abusive teachers face penalties or prosecution.”
CAJ News

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