The shantytown that I walked through every day. And sketched.
Was destroyed at the beginning of the month.
The landowner wanted the land back.
Land is expensive in this part of Dakar.
Even though it might not look like it.
100 or more folk lived in this shantytown. They were from Guinea.
The last of the cardboard, metal and wood is still being salvaged.
“Dope alley”, as it was known, has been destroyed.
So has an area where women and children lived and grew beans and maize.
A few remain. They live under cardboard.
The Guineans carried their belongings.
And left some behind.
All sorts of fragments of life.
Before they moved off, on foot, to another part of Dakar to rebuild.