Dominika Kulczyk examines child slavery in Senegal for third film in CNN Freedom Project and Kulczyk Foundation documentary series

Senegal
7 November 2019
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Forced begging is the most prevalent form of human trafficking in Senegal. Human Rights Watch estimates that every day more than 100,000 talibés – children living in religious schools to learn the Quran – are forced on to the streets under the threat of violence to beg for food or money. 

In Begging for Change, Dominika Kulczyk of Kulczyk Foundation travels to Saint Louis, Senegal with the CNN Freedom Project to expose the shocking reality of everyday life for these young children.

Most live far away from home, sent by their parents to study the Quran and live under the care of marabouts, teachers who run a daara or Quranic school. However, many of these children end up living without food, medical care or even a roof over their head, and receive little or no education.

The half-hour documentary focuses on Dominika Kulczyk’s visit to Issa Kouyate and his organisation Maison de la Gare. Maison de la Gare provides talibés in Saint Louis with food, shelter, clothing, education and medical and psychological support. 

The Kulczyk Foundation are supporting Maison de la Gare to reach more children through funding transport for the charity’s night-time welfare checks so they can cover more of the city, alongside building a residential school for 100 students where Kouyate will be able to offer talibés long-term education and safety.

“The lives of most talibés in Senegal are shaped by violence, fear and despair and I was shocked to see the conditions many are living in. But when I visited Maison de la Gare during the filming of Begging for Change I saw children filled with hope. With the Kulczyk Foundation’s support, Maison de la Gare will be able to reach more boys in the city of Saint Louis to offer these children safety and security,” said Dominika Kulczyk, Founder and President of the Kulczyk Foundation. “Collective action is now needed to change the mentality of the people who have allowed modern slavery to become an everyday norm in Senegal.”

“People say human trafficking happens in the shadows. In Senegal, it’s not like that. In Senegal it’s so obvious, so out in the open. It’s shocking…This is just exploitation. It's trafficking. It's slavery,” said Kouyate.

Begging for Change: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary produced in collaboration with Kulczyk Foundation airs at the following times:

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Saturday 9th November 2019 

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  • 10.30pm

Sunday 10th November 2019

  • 5.30pm

Monday 11th November 2019

  • 3.30am

Thursday 14th November 2019

  • 8.30am 
  • 5.30pm 

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Saturday 9th November 2019 

  • 8.30am 
  • 11.30pm

Sunday 10th November 2019

  • 6.30pm

Monday 11th November 2019

  • 4.30am

Thursday 14th November 2019

  • 9.30am 
  • 6.30pm 

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Saturday 9th November 2019 

  • 2.30am
  • 5.30pm

Sunday 10th November 2019

  • 12.30pm
  • 10.30pm

Thursday 14th November 2019

  • 3.30am
  • 12.30pm
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