More than 12 million people live in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar, a city set on a peninsula on Africa’s west coast. With an economy mostly based on the ocean, pollution in the bay is a primary concern. With industrial and home waste dumped into the ocean, the fish population has nearly disappeared as well as the city’s economy.
Clean water and hygiene are also important concerns as Senegal grows in population and becomes more modern. Efforts are under way to clean the pollution, provide homes with clean running water, and to educate the people on the use of the water. Little by little, progress is being made and the people of Senegal are optimistic about their future.