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Senegalese to France: Dignity Before Visa

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, France, Senegal, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Education, International Relations, Literature, Protest, Travel

I decided to decline using my entry visa to France [..] I am waiving it off on behalf of the thousands of Senegalese citizens who deserve respect, a respect that they are often denied at the French consulate.

Those are the words written by Bousso Dramé [1] in an open letter to the French consulate [2] [fr] in Dakar, Senegal. Bousso Dramé [3] is a Senegalese consultant, London school of economics graduate who was Paris-bound to receive a literary prize. The disrespect she faced [4] [fr] while trying to obtain her visa is an experience that many African citizens could relate to according to the many [5] online [6] reactions [7] [all links – fr] following her open letter.