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Senegal Offers Haitians Free Education

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First Posted: 10/14/10 04:06 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:00 PM ET

Reuters reports that more than 160 Haitian students arrived in Senegal Wednesday to receive free education, as promised by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.

Senegal will pay for the students, victims of Haiti's earthquake, to complete their college education in the west African nation.

The Senegalese president spoke at the arrival ceremony:

"Your ancestors left here through the gate of no return on Goree Island," Wade said, referring to the island off the Senegalese coast which served as a transit point for thousands of Africans shipped to the Americas during the slave trade.


"(Now) you are coming back to Africa, as free men, to come and study," Wade added in a speech made at the foot of a statue inaugurated earlier this year and named the "African Renaissance."

Read more about the new students' arrival at Reuters.

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