Kids of Kadiogne
Intro to Senegal
A Few Words about Senegal...
Senegal is the westernmost country on the African continent. It enjoys political stability and an excellent relationship with the United States. Senegal is culturally rich, but economically it is among the poorest countries in the world with more than two thirds of its population each living on less than $2 per day.
"As the first-born son in a family of Peul cattle-herders in northern Senegal, I was expected to begin training on the farm at a young age instead of going to school. However, my uncle insisted over and over again that I should attend school. Eventually, my father relented and allowed it. I went on to earn a Ph.D., and for the past ten years I have been able to split my time between Senegal and Philadelphia, where I teach at Temple University. I am still connected to my village, and I dream of some day farming there once again, but I am grateful for the tremendous opportunities that my education has allowed me. We hope that Kids of Kadiogne will be able to help create similar opportunities for the children growing up in northern Senegal today."
Photograph by Luke Klein
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