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Time has never stood still in Senegal, at the crossroads of African, Islamic, and European cultures. Today the whole country is in a state of change. Nearly half its people now live in towns – where free-market economic reforms have thrown many out of work. Young people are emigrating; traditional family patterns are starting to break down. Commercial farming and fishing are changing long-established ways of life. The economy has been hit by a 50 per cent devaluation of the currency. Nationalist groups want independence from the government in Dakar.


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