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In the past, much of Senegal's economy was dependent on agriculture.

Senegal is located on the westernmost point of the continent of Africa.

In this story, we take a look at the traditions, cultures and economy of Senegal, a country with many children in need of sponsors.

In some places, it’s a matter of life and death for women.

In such deeply traditional societies, in North and West Africa, a woman’s respect in her marriage home is determined not only by the household tasks she performs each day, but by how her husband found her on their first night of marital contact.

but it’s rare nowadays to murder a woman just because she is not a virgin,” says Fatima Bintou Ould Dada, a women’s rights activist in Mauritania.

Normally it would have been “to keep family honour intact”.

Politically, Senegal is relatively stable in comparison to some other African nations.

Presidents are elected every five years, and President Macky Sall, who took office in March 2012, has made significant headway in reshuffling his cabinet to include prominent and respected Senegalese people such as Abdoul Latif Coulibaly, who was named the minister for good governance in an attempt to promote accountability and transparency of government.

Musical instruments such as the kora and hoddu are still played during celebrations in many parts of the country.

The famous Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour was appointed the minister of culture in April 2012.

But behind the smiles and occasional loud laughter lies a troubling nightmare that Ndiaye has to live with.