To read the HRW report breaks one's heart.
What child anywhere, should suffer such abuse? And in plain view of the authorities. Rural families send their boys to the cities in good faith, believing they will get an education and a better life. Rather than provide a haven of protection and education, many (evidence suggests most) of the religious marabouts see child exploitation as a financial racket to be milked. It is nothing short of modern slavery.
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Chi ldren in these daaras are often beaten, chained, bound, and subjected to other forms of physical or psychological abuse amounting to inhuman and degrading treatment.
Our mission is to help bui ld a safe house for rescued chi ldren.
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