In these suburbs coexist, under the same burning sun, Muslims and Christians, women dressed in flashy clothes, and female bodies hidden by a burqa. A deep faith in peaceful Islam, which learn from figures such as Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, pervades life in all its aspects, generating tolerance and trust in the present. Religious songs arise from old hoarse loudhailer, the chant is the lifeblood of every rite, people meet in the streets or on the roofs to pray together. The families have to live together with many problems: youth unemployment, the underdeveloped health system, finally, malaria. During the rainy season the sandy roads -- with no sewage system -- become muddy swamps, entire districts are isolated, homes are flooded and the malaria risk grows. All these problems are exacerbated by the total indifference of Dakar's Administration towards them. But these problems don't ruin the joy of life on the people's faces. Once in Guediawaye I heard this proverb: "Live the life you love and love the life you live." It perfectly portaits the spirit of life in the Dakar's suburbs.
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