Every week for almost thirty years, street kids in Dakar used to be visited by members of the Village Pilote association, which organizes raids to try to help them and encourage them to join their structure of reception. But one Wednesday evening in late March, they waited in vain.
While the first cases of Covid-19 were reported in Senegal, the association decided to suspend “wiretapping”, these weekly meetings with street youth. The next day, around ten of them walked the 50 kilometers that separate the capital from the reception center near Lake Rose. “They were hungry, says Cheikh Diallo, the shelter manager. We gave them food, clothes. But we couldn’t accommodate them, we had to respect the safety rules. ”
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