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Senegalese to France: Dignity Before Visa

I decided to decline using my entry visa to France [..] I am waiving it off on behalf of the thousands of Senegalese citizens who deserve respect, a respect that they are often denied at the French consulate.

Those are the words written by Bousso Dramé in an open letter to the French consulate [fr] in Dakar, Senegal. Bousso Dramé is a Senegalese consultant, London school of economics graduate who was Paris-bound to receive a literary prize. The disrespect she faced [fr] while trying to obtain her visa is an experience that many African citizens could relate to according to the many online reactions [all links - fr] following her open letter.

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