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Mario Cruz's stunning black and white photographs document the plight of children exploited in Koranic schools in Senegal
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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.

Abdoulaye, 15, imprisoned in one room of a daara in the Diamaguene area, city of Thies, Senegal, May 18, 2015. The rooms have windows with security bars to keep the talibes from running away.
Abdoulaye, 15, imprisoned in one room of a daara in the Diamaguene area, city of Thies, Senegal, May 18, 2015. The rooms have windows with security bars to keep the talibes from running away.

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.

Runaway talibes stand on the bank of Senegal river in Saint Louis in the north of Senegal. Saint Louis is known as Talibe City because a large number of talibes choose the streets instead of daaras.
Runaway talibes stand on the bank of Senegal river in Saint Louis in the north of Senegal. Saint Louis is known as Talibe City because a large number of talibes choose the streets instead of daaras.

 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.

Ibrahima Ndao, Marabout of a daara in Rufisque, whips a talibe child after he makes a mistake reading an excerpt of the Quran. Talibes are routinely subjected to physical violence.
Ibrahima Ndao, Marabout of a daara in Rufisque, whips a talibe child after he makes a mistake reading an excerpt of the Quran. Talibes are routinely subjected to physical violence.

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.

A talibe begs in a bridge in the Diamaguene area, city of Thies, Senegal, May 18, 2015. Children are forced to beg for an average of 8 hours a day. Many of them spend their days almost without eating and end up sleeping on the street out of fatigue.
A talibe begs in a bridge in the Diamaguene area, city of Thies, Senegal, May 18, 2015. Children are forced to beg for an average of 8 hours a day. Many of them spend their days almost without eating and end up sleeping on the street out of fatigue.

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. 

Talibes sleep together inside a daara in Saint Louis, in northern Senegal. The daara, with over 30 children, has no clean water and barely any electricity. Children sleep on the concrete floor without any protection.
Talibes sleep together inside a daara in Saint Louis, in northern Senegal. The daara, with over 30 children, has no clean water and barely any electricity. Children sleep on the concrete floor without any protection.

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

"It Was Supposed to Be a School' at CNN

"The Truth About Child Trafficking in Senegal" at Newsweek

"They Thought They Were Going to School" at the Washington Post

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