A two-hour drive south from Dakar, Joal is Senegal’s leading fishing port. Senegal is the only country in Africa to continue the age-old tradition of poor parents entrusting their boys from the age of 4 to marabouts (koranic masters) to teach them the Koran in Darahs (koranic schools). Some are more interested in the gain to be had by begging than educating and protecting children known as Talibs (an Arabic word meaning pupils). NGOs estimate that there are over 130,000 of them in a country with a population of 13 million.

Concept : extracts of the Koran written in Arabic calligraphy on cotton fabric / like prayers recited by Talib children who, from 4 to 14, have been taught the Koran, and nothing else, often cut off from their family. Without any other skills, they become social outcasts of the urban suburbs. Today’s youth is tomorrow’s society.

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