of the failure to address this problem in Senegal, which has
tried various approaches including the banning of begging, is
that talibé children, having been schooled in religious
doctrine, are easy to control by religious leaders boosting
their brotherhood numbers and therefore their influence in the
Its therefore in
the interest of these leaders to maintain the talibé role even
though the actual government is a signatory to all
international convention son the rights of children and
incorporated them into national law.
from the talibé, there are an estimated 6,000 - 10,000 street
children on the streets of Dakar, the country's capital city.
These are the
children who have no where to return to and who are forced to
harass pedestrians, beg and run between passing cars in the
hope of finding lost change. At night they sleep in cardboard
boxes with rice sacks for blankets.
Yet there are a
further 90,000 child beggars who do have homes to return to,
but are forced onto the streets by parents in the hope that
they will return with anything to supplement the meagre family
This video documentary explores
the issue of street children in Senegal and the attempts to
highlight its practice and end it once and for all. as many of
these talibé children are forced into begging whilst attending
unregulated Koranic schools.