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A video game to raise awareness in Senegal

Tuesday 12 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Dakar, April, 12th, 2016 (Fides). “Cross Dakar City” is the name of a video game that highlights the serious situations that Senegalese children live. It is a good example that video games can be used to offer social awareness.

This video game is used to tell stories, to teach, and to raise awareness on the real situations that happen in other parts of the world. Cross Dakar City also aims to highlight the situation of helplessness of many children in Senegal. Parents who are unable to support their children send them to Koranic schools where they hope they are given food and a bed in addition to the teachings of the Koran. However, it has been shown that many of these children are being exploited by teachers and forced to beg on the streets.

This situation is recreated in Cross Dakar City, where Mamadou, the protagonist, has to fight against hunger and violence, and tries to survive at all costs. The aim of the game is to guide Mamadou in the search of his biological parents.

To do that, the player has to cross streets dodging cars, rivers in canoes and avoid trains in movement. All these are daily real-life scenarios that Senegalese children face, along with many other dangers, such as sexual abuse or kidnappings. The game was launched last year, in May 2015.

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