Senegal, July 2012
The African Renaissance Monument (Le Monument de la Renaissance africaine in French language) is a 49m tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside of Dakar, Senegal. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the statue was designed by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby after an idea presented by President Abdoulaye Wade and built by a company from North Korea. The formal dedication of the statue occurred on 4 April 2010, Senegal’s “National Day”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from France. It is the tallest statue in Africa. For more details see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Renaissance_Monument.
Cheikh Anta Diop University known also as the University of Dakar, is named after the Senegalese historian and anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop. It has an enrollment of over 60,000. It is considered as the best and mother university of Senegal.
Exchange of minds and ideas with other participants of the ISNET/CSE Workshop on Applications of Space Technology for Food Security at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar; I am seen back to the camera.
King Fahd Palace Hotel, one of the venues of the ISNET/CSE Workshop on Applications of Space Technology for Food Security; 9-14 July 2012; Dakar, Senegal
Group photo of the participants of the ISNET/CSE Workshop on Applications of Space Technology for Food Security at King Fahd Palace Hotel
The Iranian Samand and Roa cars manufactured by the Iran Khodro Company are used widely in Senegal as the taxi for urban passenger transportation
Good looking plastic kettles for hand-washing at the Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) of Senegal
The lighthouse of the Mamelles (Phare des Mamelles in French language) is located on the peninsula of Cape Verde, about 4 km south-east tip of Almadies – the western end of the African continent – and 9 km northwest of Dakar, the westernmost and largest of the two conical volcanic hills called the Mamelles. It is the oldest lighthouse in Dakar, considered the most powerful of Africa with that of the Cape of Good Hope. For more details see http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phare_des_Mamelles.
Group photo of the participants of the ISNET/CSE Workshop on Applications of Space Technology for Food Security at on the last day of the Workshop at the Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) of Senegal
A Senegalese girl
On the deck of the cruise heading to the Goree Island; Mr. Arshad Siraj, the Executive Director of the Inter-Islamic Network on Space Science and Technology sits beside me at my left side.
Tourists on the deck of the cruise heading to the Goree Island
Tourists reaching to the Goree Island
A nice and dreamy aerial view of the Goree Island; I am not the photographer this image but because of its beautifulness I included it here. Look how clear is the water around the island!
The Goree Island (Île de Gorée in French language) is a 0.182 square kilometers island located 2 kilometers at sea from the main harbor of Dakar. Its population is about 1500 inhabitants. Gorée is famous as a destination for people interested in the Atlantic slave trade but relatively few slaves were processed or transported from there. The more important centres for the slave trade from Senegal were north, at Saint-Louis, Senegal, or to the south in the Gambia, at the mouths of major rivers for trade.
Reaching to the Goree Island by cruise
Reaching to the Goree Island, suddenly appears in the water the swimming boys of the Goree that asks the tourists to throw the coins for them…
…when the tourists throw the coins towards them in the sea water, they immerse in the sea water like a fish and very promptly chase the coins and come out and put the coins inside their mouth. They are really the courage children who put themselves in the risk to have the encouragement of the tourists in the cruise and earn money in the mean time with difficulty and perseverance. These young children never beg but try to earn money with honesty and honor.
The statue of Freedom at Goree Island highlighting the dark legacy left by slave trade; this statue that symbolizes the freedom, was gifted to the island by the island of Guadaloupe. The statue is part of the Maison des Esclaves.
The House of Slaves (Maison des Esclaves in French language) and its Door of No Return is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on small Goree Island, 2 km off the coast of the city of Dakar, Senegal. The museum opened in 1962 by Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye aiming to memorialise the final exit point of the slaves from Africa. Many visitors from all around the world continue to make island an important place to remember the human toll of African slavery.
The director of the House of Slaves welcoming the visitors and explains the sad history of the slave trade in Africa.
A wall in the Museum of the House of Slaves: a mural depicting slaves being herded in the African bush by Europeans.
The yard of the Museum of the House of Slaves
A cellule for rebellious slaves; it was indeed a place for torture and putting the objecting slave under pressure and hard punishment
Paintings at the only art workshop of Goree Island. The artists of Goree create these paintings by an interesting method that is the indication of their intellect, cleverness and creativity. None of the photos were photographed directly to respect the demand of artists and the copyright considerations.
A painting at the only art workshop of Goree Island depicting the troubles and agony of the slaves. The artists of Goree create their paintings by an interesting method that is the indication of their intelligence, cleverness and creativity.
Paintings at the only art workshop of Goree Island; the artists of Goree create their paintings by an interesting method that is the indication of their intelligence, cleverness and creativity. The painting are really wonderful and expressive.
A charming and silent alley of Goree Island
A passage at Goree Island; the streets of the village on the island are beautiful! There are no vehicles on the island.
I at the backyard of the Hotel Novotel Dakar, where I resided in course of my stay in Senegal
The voyage which memories I will never forget!
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