The experience not only humbled her immensely; it challenged her maternal instinct to do something about it and help these exploited children. A proud mother, Amy formed Love1Talibe Inc. back in 2017 but admits the seeds were planted three years prior when she was visiting West Africa. It was around that time when she realized just how personal the problem was.
Her nephew spent three months as a talibe. The scars of his confinement, abandonment, and abuse are painfully evident still, six years after he was freed from the corrupt daara. It is through his recovery process that Amy has learned the challenges of nursing these exploited young boys back to health. When they are released from the clutches of violence and manipulation, the real work is just beginning.
In the face of all of this adversity, Amy is hopeful. She sees people organizing. Senegal is changing for the better. But despite the progress, Amy knows the problem requires a civic response. It’s time to go from feeling sorry for the talibes, to empowering them. It starts with us. It starts 1 talibe at a time.