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A State of Change

Contents
The land of the setting sun 3
Travellers from an antique land 6
From slavery to independence 7
Nationhood: a false start 12
Coping with crisis
... senegalaisement 14
Magicians, missionaries,
and marabouts 16
The economy in a nutshell 18
When aid is not the answer 22
By the people, for the people 23
Cash-cropping: a vicious circle 26
Rice at a price 29
'Our wealth is our animals' 31
The harvest of the sea 36
Village roots and city lights 40
Night-time in the shanty-town 43
The family first 44
Schools without books,
clinics without medicines 47
Rumblings of discontent 49
The wheels grind slower 51
Relax for mbalax 54
Sopi! Sopi! Sopi! 57
Facts and figures 60
Dates and events 61
Sources and further reading 63
Acknowledgements 63
Oxfam in Senegal 64

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Published and printed by Oxfam,
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ISBN 0 85598 283 7 Robin Sharp
Oxfam (UK & Ireland) 1994
Registered charity no. 202918

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