After the FloodsOct 27th, 2010 | By pricks | Category: Featured Stories
As Dakar has grown, new densely-populated urban centers have sprung up all over the city. Many, like Diammaguen, have developed haphazardly in low-lying, flood-prone areas not suitable for such concentrated habitation.
Most of the residents here are poor, unskilled migrants from Senegal’s rural regions – agricultural people who fled the toil and diminished returns of the farm fields during periods of prolonged drought for the promise of a new life in the city. But once here, like so many of Dakar’s nearly three million residents, they’ve struggled to find stable sources of income and food.
A string of severe floods in recent years has made life in Diammaguen and areas like it even more unbearable. Now, a new generation must decide whether to stay and struggle in the city or return to the agricultural lives they left behind.
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