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a talibe takes a break from begging in a market in the Medina Gounass suburb of Dakar, Senegal on Sept. 24. The Quranic students rise before dawn to study, and then spend hours begging for money and food to bring back to their religious teacher, or marabout.

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Talibe children beg to survive

NDAME, Senegal — Seven nights a week, 13-year-old Cheikhou and his younger brother Bamba would make their way to a wooden shack they shared with dozens of other barefoot child beggars, blanketing the floor with their tired bodies.

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