In Burkina Faso there is a lot of talk about the advancement of women and girls in society. In this very country, thousands of little girls are forced each year to quit school to become domestics. This exodus is leading to the birth of networks claiming to be philanthropic, but which in fact, thrive and trade on this human distress. State institutions are well aware of this but declare they are powerless. For six months, Rachelle Somé, a journalist at Radio Pulsar, carried out an investigation around the phenomenon by tracing the itenary of these girls from their village, in Sourou, one of Burkina Faso’s 45 regions, to the capital. A journey into the heart of an accepted abuse.
By Rachelle Somé
Broadcasted Septembre 16, 2011 at 11h on Radio Pulsare.
Listen to the program in French Écoles sans écolières au Sourou – l’exode rural se féminise.