Begging for Change – Portraits of Senegalese Talibé Children by Soraya Matos

The talibé children in Senegal are boys who are forced to beg on the streets as part of their Koranic education. For her series ‘Begging for Change,’ photographer Soraya Matos visited Dakar and Saint Louis, Senegal to capture the daily lives of these children. “I observed and photographically documented talibés’ experiences inside the daaras [the Koranic school] and on the city streets,” she says. “Through the structure of this Koranic education, children must beg for hours on end and are susceptible to diseases and mistreatment. Each and every photo resulting from my project is a powerful testimony to the hardships and circumstances these children must endure.”

To see more of Soraya’s photography, visit her website.

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal

talibé children in senegal




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