Talibés. Slave children in West Africa


“Talibés” are West African children aged between 4 and 14 years old who have been given by their parents -usually farmers without resources- to Koranic school teachers, who enslave and force them to beg on the streets.

“Talibé” is an Arabic term for disciple. What tries to pass as a form of education is only a way of business for exploiting children every day in Senegal. What should be a school is, often times, a place of torture. These Koranic schools, known as daaras, are no more than fragile buildings where atrocities are committed against children aged between 5 and 15 years old. While “students” there, they are forced to spend more than 8 hours a day begging in the streets for money. The rest of their time is spent learning the Koran, while the marabout, their teachers, collect the pupils’ daily earnings.

Director Biography

Marc Vila Serra is a catalan filmmaker. He was born in Olot (Girona) on 1980. He graduated from UOC

(Open University of Catalonia) and studied in the Multimedia and Audiovisual School ERAM of Girona. Marc  creates in various mediums- documentary films, short films and video. He also works in the audiovisual department of Bombers de la Generalitat (Catalan fire-fighters).