A National Problem :
Street Begging In Senegal
Senegal is a country where umemployment rate is very high. This is one of the main reasons why some people take advantage of this situation and indulge in begging.
Many of the beggars we meet are strong and healthy. Yet, they set themselves somewhere in the main streets, or at the markets, or at the entry of banks to ask for food and money. Often, those beggars use very young children who hang on people's clothes and nearly force you to give them a coin of 50 or 100 CFA.
But they are not the only ones. Disabled people too tend to use their physical handicap as an excuse to justify their act of begging. They generally post themselves at street corners or in front of banks.
The problem of street beggars, especially child begging, has become a controversial issue in Senegal. Child beggars are severely beaten by their tutors (Koranic teachers) if they fail to collect the amount of money required by their teachers. In August 2010, the Senegalese government passed a law to forbid street begging in the country as a result of growing pressure from international partners who believe the government is not doing enough to fight against the practice of begging. However, the measure failed because there is no welfare system, and there is some resistance from very influential Muslim groups, especially the Baay Fall who belong to the Murid Muslim community.
People must believe in themselves even if they are poor or handicapped. If their mind is still perfect, they can use their intelligence in order to have a bright future and contribute to the development of their countries. There exist a lot of disabled people around the world who have succeeded in life thanks to their determination to achieve great things in life. Therefore, begging is not a solution, and it cannot be regarded as a way to success. It is a symbol of failure and laziness because beggars reflect an image of parasites, surviving only at the expenses of the brave people who accept to work hard. Today, people haven't got anything to give to beggars because they are affected by the global economic crisis; so, the best thing to do is to tell people to depend on themselves. When people are hungry, do not give them food but teach them how to fish.