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Senegal failing on pledge to halt abuse in Koranic schools: HRW
By Misha Hussain DAKAR, March 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A year after a fire killed eight children when it ripped through a Koranic school in Senegal, the government has failed to prosecute those responsible and to halt the abuse of young boys in Islamic education, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. In the wake of the fire in the Medina district of Dakar, President Macky Sall pledged to impose state regulation on the Koranic school system, which involves 30,000 boys in the Senegalese capital alone. Thousands of boys – many of them entrusted to Koranic teachers by rural families too poor to support them – are forced to beg on the streets of Dakar every day. Many of them live in cramped and squalid conditions and some are subjected to physical and even sexual abuse, rights groups say.