Podor

Podor is a town of 8,000 inhabitants and is situated in the valley that runs along the Senegal River. The Toucouleur and Fulani people constitute the majority (80%) of the population. Podor has produced many of the important Islamic leaders for Senegal and is an Islamic stronghold. To earn their living many people cultivate their fields and gardens or raise cattle. The district "Lycée" (last few years of High School) is situated in Podor. Changing values in the society (relating to hard work and moral values) have left the youth confused, listless and lacking in perspective. Some have turned to drugs. As yet there is no church and no local believers.

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Richard Toll

Richard Toll is a multi-ethnic town with a population of about 70,000, most of whom are Muslim. The majority are Pulaar and Wolof speaking. There is a Roman Catholic Church comprising of Southerners who come to live and work in the town for 7 months of the year to harvest sugar, which is the main industry here.

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The Maures of the Senegal River Valley

Many Maures live in the SRV scattered throughout the towns and villages. Though they often speak Wolof or Pulaar, the language of the people living near them, their heart language is Hassaneya, a dialect of Arabic.

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