Stunning Work of Photography
Mario Cruz gained rare access to the dark side of many Koranic schools in Senegal, known as daaras, and captured disturbing but stunning photographs of the lives of young boys subjected to slave-like conditions.
By backing the book you'll be helping to create the concrete evidence that will raise awareness about the many children trapped in daaras that exploit them and prod Senegalese society to act to protect them.
The book, Talibes: Modern Day Slaves, will contain 70 black and white photographs and commentary in English and Arabic. It will be printed in a hardbound edition at Ofset Yapimevi in Istanbul where all of FotoEvidence's high-quality books are produced.
The power and beauty of Mario Cruz's work brought Talibes: Modern Day Slaves one of photojournalisms most prestigious awards this year, first prize for Contemporary Issues from World Press Photo.
At the Intersection of Art and Society
Though Talibes: Modern Day Slaves contains stunningly beautiful photographs, it also documents a disturbing social condition for at least 50,000 young boys in Senegal aged between five and 15.
What once was an honorable educational system has been transformed in recent decades into the systematic exploitation of children, forced to beg on the streets for eight hours a day to support their supposed teachers. They return to squalid daaras, rife with malaria, skin diseases and parasites where they are routinely subject to physical abuse as part of the regime of control. Although thousands of Quranic teachers across Senegal take great care of the boys in their schools, while providing a traditional education others have used the lack of regulation to make great profits from boys’ labor.
Talibes Modern Day Slaves will provide local and international NGOs working on the issue enduring testimony and concrete evidence about the systematic exploitation of children in some daaras in Senegal.
Join Mario Cruz and FotoEvidence in creating this stunning and remarkable book that documents the systematic exploitation of children in what amounts to modern day slavery.
Read more about talibes and their lives in my PDF: Talibes: Modern Day Slaves
Talibes: Modern Day Slaves at World Press Photo
"The Truth About Child Trafficking in Senegal" at Newsweek
"They Thought They Were Going to School" at the Washington Post
Risks and challenges
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