change language
you are in: home - news newslettercontact uslink

Support the Community

October 6 2014 | BAMAKO, MALI

Sant'Egidio in Mali next to the street children of Bamako

A story of friendship in the heart of Africa

printable version

Walking the streets of downtown Bamako, the capital of Mali, it is easy to see young people, especially children, begging near crossroads or next to petrol stations. They come from the countryside around the city every day, spending their days on the streets of Bamako, in the midst of a chaotic traffic and air pollution that reaches the highest levels.

They are mostly Muslim children, many of them sent into the city by their poor families, moved by the hope that the city can offer a little well-being. Others are fleeing situations of orphanage, marginalisation and violence in the family. They are often welcomed by the Marabout (Muslim spiritual leader) who teaches them the Quran and offers hospitality, but they still need to beg in order to help. Their age is very low, between 6 and 10 years old.

Children are exposed to significant risks on the streets: pollution and road accidents, and especially the risk of coming into contact with home-made drugs or of conflicting with gangs of older and more violent kids that do not hesitate to use knives.

 Friendship with the Community of Sant'Egidio

The Community of Sant'Egidio of Bamako has been close to street children for one year, meets them on the streets where they spend their days, welcomes them into the house of the Community where they can wash themselves, get clean clothes, play and, above all, eat well. At first, they were afraid and walked away, then the fidelity of visits created trust that soon turned into solid friendship. They are fragile children to whom the name of Sant'Egidio began to be synonymous with protection and family. Thus they began to open up, talking about their dreams: to play like other children, study and learn a trade, have a family.

These are dreams that the Community preserves and adopts, working to ensure that children of Mali have a better childhood and future.

July 14 2015

Ivory Coast: the meeting with the street children of Abidjan that tell the dreams and difficulties of a generation

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
July 16 2015

The president of Sant'Egidio inaugurated in Maputo the Dream 2.0 programme for a comprehensive approach to health in Africa

IT | EN | DE | FR | PT
October 5 2017

October 5th, World Teachers' Day 2017: Let everyone go to school... of language, culture, and peace!

IT | EN | ID
September 21 2017

'At the School of Peace' is now in Italian bookshops: a book that gives a voice to thousands of children in the global world.

October 5 2016

5th October, World Teacher’s Day: All to school…of peace!

IT | EN | ES | DE | PT | RU | ID | HU
all news
April 3 2014
Famiglia Cristiana

Africa: La lezione del Ruanda a 20 anni dall'eccidio

July 27 2017
La Stampa

Così si salvano i bimbi invisibili

March 11 2016

Camerun: Sant’Egidio porta cibo e generi necessari ai piccoli del carcere di Maroua

November 11 2014

La Comunitat de Sant Egidi comença a recollir joguines

September 5 2013
Diário de Moçambique

Comunidade de Sant’Egidio testemunha registo de nascimento a 30 crianças

July 29 2012
Famiglia Cristiana

Rossella, il volto dell'Italia migliore

all press releases
December 7 2017 | GENOA, ITALY

Presentazione del libro ''Alla Scuola della Pace'' a Genova

All meetings of prayer for peace
October 31 2014

Inaugurata a Bukavu la campagna "Città per la vita"

October 12 2014
All Africa

Africa: How the Death Penalty Is Slowly Weakening Its Grip On Africa

September 20 2014

Ciad: il nuovo codice penale prevede l'abolizione della pena di morte

September 20 2014

In Ciad rischio criminalizzazione gay, ma abolizione pena morte

go to no death penalty

''Entente de Sant'Egidio'': Political Agreement for Peace in the Central African Republic

Declaration of the African Union on the Republican Pact"

all documents


1058 visits

1231 visits

1288 visits

1190 visits

1236 visits
all the related media