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Photo by Elke Schmidt, Senegal Bridge Year Program.

Update from the field

This morning the group met and debriefed their first night with their homestay families and discussed traditional family roles in Senegal. After lunch with their homestay families, they visited a Serer marabout who helps solve people’s problems using Islamic prayer beads. They consulted him individually and he gave specific instructions on how to get mystical support via sacrifices (examples included offering him 4 pieces of paper or whispering prayers into a bag of peanuts and distributing them to the children.) Afterwards, we walked to a sacred baobab tree on the edge of the village to watch the sunset.