Guediawaye - Ancorpiu

(Español) Emigrantes

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Health problems

Mame works at a Senegalese restaurant in Madrid. She has been in Spain since the age of 16, and she is married to a Senegalese man from her hometown, and has an 8 year old son divided between two lands: that of his parents and that of himself. Like other women from Senegal, Mame has trouble reconciling her work and the demands of motherhood.

LUNA VIVES / PATRICIA GARCÍA

This is the dilemma: if she looks after her son Pape, she risks losing her job and residence permit; if she works, she must pay someone to look after Pape (which would cost her more than her monthly salary) or send him to Senegal during part of the year to have women of her family-in-law take care of him.

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Being a woman in Senegal

Senegalese society is a complex one in which there are more than ten different ethnic groups and at least three religions divided, in turn, into a large number of families or sects within Islam known as brotherhoods.

LUNA VIVES / PATRICIA GARCÍA

With the exception of the southern region of Casamance, home of the Jola, these ethnic and religious clashes have not been very relevant. In fact, it is noteworthy that in a country with an overwhelming Muslim majority (approximately 95%), the first President of the Republic after the independence of the country in 1960 was a Catholic from an ethnic minority: Leopold Sedar Senghor. read more

Women through the Border

The journey has been long and often complicated, but most of their problems, like ours, are everyday ones. One day they decided to leave behind everything they have known to begin an adventure that would take them to Spain.

LUNA VIVES / PATRICIA GARCÍA

Some came alone, seeking those euros that would enable them to pay their children’s education or support their parents, sometimes they came to finish their studies or followed their husbands. Some of our women left with a “See you soon”, but the trip had no date of return, while others who planned to stay in Spain have already decided to come back due to the enormous difficulty in getting a steady job given the current economic situation.

They are the invisible stories of immigration, those that are not usually shown on the news: women (and men) who left from the airport of Yoff and have only see the boats with immigrants on television. Immigrants who struggle every day to meet their expenses and keep going, with no one asking them who they are or where they come from. Stories, too, of their relationship with those they left behind…

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