Wade backtracks to RNW on Senegal land offer

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This article is part of the RNW archive. RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep, which was founded as the Dutch international public broadcaster in 1947. In 2011, the Dutch government decided to cut funding and shift RNW from the ministry of Education, Culture and Science to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about RNW Media’s current activities can be found at https://www.rnw.org/about-rnw-media.

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is backtracking on his pledge to give people from Haiti land in Senegal.


Last weekend, he said his government would make land available to immigrants from Haiti, offering a whole region if Haitians were to take up the offer en masse. Following fierce domestic criticism, he has now told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that the idea was merely a proposal.


Many Senegalese live in poverty and do not own any land. President Wade now says he plans to put the idea of offering Haitians land in Africa to the African Union, which could then decide on the proposal.





photo: Abdoulaye Wade (Flickr / tony4carr)