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Swallowed by the sea: Senegal’s historic slave port teeters on the edge of environmental disaster by Shola Lawal February 09,2021   |  Source: The Telegraph

Moustapha Diagne remembers a time when kids in Guet Ndar played football on the beach behind the houses. If you brought 10 teams together, Diagne, 23, says, they would all fit comfortably on the beach. But today, it would be hard to even have a simple kickabout in the space that is left. The sea is at the doorsteps of Guet Ndar, a neighbourhood of Saint Louis, gnawing at the beach, shrinking it. Buildings, neighbours and a little of the childhood Diagne remembers are gone and what is left of that massive football field is barely enough for the fishermen to keep their fishing boats on.

“We can’t play here anymore, we have to go all the way to the other side of town to be able to train for our games,” says the aspiring pro-footballer who has eyes on Manchester United. “Everyone used to be able to participate in games but now there’s no space.” Saint Louis, a low-lying town nestled between the mouth of the Senegal River and the Atlantic ocean, is sinking. Formerly the colonial capital of Senegal, it lies about two and a half metres above sea level and has always been prone to flooding. But experts say that warming temperatures mean Saint Louis is threatened with near-total submergence.

Tragedy has long stalked the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was one

Theme(s): Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Landing Centres, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Fisheries Resources, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Others, Freshwater ecosystems and threats.

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