Senegal: School of Knocks

Some Quranic teachers in Senegal have turned an ancient tradition into a modern form of slavery Photographs by Mario Cruz Text by Mirren Gidda In cities and towns throughout Senegal, tens of thousands of boys, some as young as 5, are imprisoned in Quranic schools known as daaras. Every day they take to the streets, where they beg for up to eight hours,

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From Senegal to Libya: An African Student Joins Daesh

By Emma Farge ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal, March 30  – When Sadio Gassama decided to go into medicine, he started by giving free check-ups at his mosque in Senegal’s poor southern region of Casamance. Now, the 25-year-old medical student says he is treating Daesh fighters in Libya. Until recently, many thought the peaceful, tolerant Sufi brotherhoods in

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