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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s government has failed to make good on promises to close dangerous and unsanitary boarding schools that house child beggars more than a year after a fire at one such shack killed eight young boys, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
Human Rights Watch also called on the government to move quickly to implement proposed legislation that could regulate conditions at such schools known as daaras. Tens of thousands of young boys in the West African country are supposed to be learning the holy Koran at the residential schools but instead spend up to eight hours a day begging in traffic, only to sleep in deplorable conditions at night.