Islamic mysticism http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/47923/all en Forced-begging: west Africa's new slave trade http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130415/forced-begging-west-africas-new-slave-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>On a tiny island a 20-minute ferry ride from the Senegalese capital Dakar, holidaymakers congregate around tour guides at the Maison des Esclaves museum to learn of the horrors of the Atlantic slave trade.</p> <p>Yet few realise that in the religious schools dotted among their hotels modern-day slaveholders are abusing and starving thousands of west African children who are forced onto the streets to beg for their unscrupulous masters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130415/forced-begging-west-africas-new-slave-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa French West Africa Islamic mysticism Law Social Issues AFP Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:30:16 +0000 5817029 at http://www.globalpost.com Urgent action needed on forced child begging in Senegal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140319/urgent-action-needed-forced-child-begging-senegal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Senegal is failing to protect thousands of boys in Islamic boarding schools from forced begging and torture at the hands of their teachers, a global human rights organisation said in a report released on Wednesday.</p> <p>At least 50,000 boys known as talibes -- the vast majority aged between four and 12 -- are forced to beg in Senegal's streets most of the day, every day, by often brutally abusive Koranic teachers known as marabouts, according to campaigners.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140319/urgent-action-needed-forced-child-begging-senegal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa French West Africa Islamic mysticism Law Social Issues AFP Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:54:05 +0000 6099438 at http://www.globalpost.com Urgent action needed on forced child begging in Senegal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140319/urgent-action-needed-forced-child-begging-senegal-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Senegal is failing to protect thousands of boys in Islamic boarding schools from forced begging and torture at the hands of their teachers, a global human rights organisation said in a report released on Wednesday.</p> <p>At least 50,000 boys known as talibes -- the vast majority aged between four and 12 -- are forced to beg in Senegal's streets most of the day, every day, by often brutally abusive Koranic teachers known as marabouts, according to campaigners.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140319/urgent-action-needed-forced-child-begging-senegal-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa French West Africa Islamic mysticism Law Social Issues AFP Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:32:35 +0000 6099458 at http://www.globalpost.com