Senegalese town fights losing battle against trash

SHOTLIST BARGNY, SENEGALJULY 14, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 1. Aerial shot Bargny beach BARGNY, SENEGALAUGUST 26, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 2. Wide shot fishing boats on Bargny beach BARGNY, SENEGALJULY 14, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 3. Wide shot children carrying a suitcase4. Mid shot children carrying a suitcase BARGNY, SENEGALAUGUST 26, 2020JULY 14, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 5. Aerial shot Medza standing on the beach he cleaned with his association 10 days ago, now dirty again BARGNY, SENEGALJULY 14, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 6. SOUNDBITE 1 - Medoune Ndoye dit "Medza", activist (male, 29 years old, French, 2 sec): "Personally, it shocks me, it really does." "Personnellement moi ça me choque, ça me choque." 7. SOUNDBITE 2 - Medoune Ndoye dit "Medza", activist (male, 29 years old, French, 4 sec): "It really can't go on like this because it's wrong and shameful." "Ça ne peut pas continuer comme ça quoi parce que c’est mal et c’est honteux." 8. SOUNDBITE 3 - Medoune Ndoye dit "Medza", activist (male, 29 years old, French, 2 sec): "I would say it's an ecological time-bomb. " "C’est une bombe écologique moi je dirais. " BARGNY, SENEGAL JULY 6, 2020 JULY 14, 2020 SOURCE: AFPTV 9. Cutaway: Aerial shot rubbish on Bargny beach 10. Mid shot woman carrying a bucket of dirty water on her head11. Wide shot woman emptying her bucket on the seashore12. Aerial shot rainwater drainage channel filled with rubbish13. Aerial shot rainwater drainage channel filled with rubbish BARGNY, SENEGALAUGUST 26, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 14. SOUNDBITE 4 - Thiaboye Sam, local resident (female, Wolof, 5 sec): "People throw their dirty water and rubbish bins on the beach because they have nowhere else to put them." BARGNY, SENEGAL JULY 14, 2020 AUGUST 26, 2020 SOURCE: AFPTV 15. Cutaway: Aerial shot canal clogged by waste where the inhabitants throw their dirty water 16. SOUNDBITE 5 - Thiaboye Sam, local resident (female, Wolof, 7 sec): "Before, we used to put it behind, over there, but now all that space is occupied by housing." BARGNY, SENEGAL AUGUST 15, 2020 SOURCE: AFPTV 17. Cutaway: Wide shot volunteers cleaning the beach BARGNY, SENEGALAUGUST 15, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 18. Mid shot volunteers cleaning the beach 19. SOUNDBITE 6 - Diagal Mbaye, volunteer (male, French, 13 sec): "There is plastic, fabric, quite a lot of fishing nets washed up from the sea, but it's all from our consumer products." "Il y a du plastique, des tissus, pas mal de filets de pêche rejetés par la mer mais qui sont issus de nos produits de consommation." 20. Cutaway: Aerial shot volunteers pulling a fishing net full of rubbish from the sand BARGNY, SENEGAL AUGUST 26, 2020 SOURCE: AFPTV 21. Cutaway: Wide shot city councillors around the deputy mayor on the seafront BARGNY, SENEGALAUGUST 26, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 22. Mid shot city councillors around the deputy mayor on the seafront23. Close-up Daouda Moustafa Diouf, deputy mayor of Bargny 24. SOUNDBITE 7 - Daouda Moustafa Diouf, deputy mayor of Bargny (male, French, 7 sec): "Last year, in 2019, we made major investments because we became aware of what was happening here." "L’année dernière, en 2019, on a fait des investissements très sérieux parce qu’on a pris conscience de ce qui existait ici." 25. Cutaway: Aerial shot workers building a collection area where the municipality will install skips to collect waste from the population BARGNY, SENEGAL JULY 6, 2020 AUGUST 26, 2020 SOURCE: AFPTV 26. Cutaway: Aerial shot rubbish 27. SOUNDBITE 8 - Daouda Moustafa Diouf, deputy mayor of Bargny (male, French, 3 sec): "Really it was in an indescribable state. The commune has taken care of it, and I can assure you that there are over 100 lorries worth of rubbish, of waste that has been extracted from this site." "Vraiment c’était dans un état indescriptible. La commune s’y est attelée, et je peux vous assurer qu'il y a plus de 100 camions d'ordures, de déchets qui ont été extraits de ce site." 28. Cutaway: Mid shot deputy mayor with a worker BARGNY, SENEGALJULY 14, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV 29. Wide shot woman throwing her rubbish on the beach ///-----------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: FOCUSSenegalese town fights losing battle against trash By Malick Rokhy BA =(Picture+Video)= ATTENTION - Pictures by John Wessels. Video par Adrien Barbier ///Bargny, Sénégal, Sept 25, 2020 (AFP) - Medza remembers the coastline of his native Senegalese town of Bargny as a place where he fished and played as a child before it became a festering rubbish dump. The beach bordering the fishing settlement, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of the capital Dakar, is now permanently choked with plastic waste and rotten fish carcasses. Wedged in by a motorway and industrial sites, Bargny typifies Senegal's jagged economic development -- as well as its seemingly endless struggle against pollution and trash. The town borders one of West Africa's largest cement factories and a power plant, and a mineral port is being built nearby. But its 60,000 inhabitants have seen little in the way of beneficial development.Residents tip out buckets of waste onto the beach for lack of disposal facilities. Local fishermen and industrial trawlers toss refuse overboard which washes back on the beach, according to Medza, whose real name is Medoune Ndoye. "It shocks me. It can't continue like this because it's evil and it's shameful," Medza, a 29-year-old environmental activist, said. For months, he and other local activists have been pushing to clean up the town.On August 15 -- after raising money online for wheelbarrows, bags and shovels -- they spent three days clearing the beach. But they were fighting a losing battle: after little over a week, the beach was freshly covered with plastic detritus and other waste."Everything is dirty again," Medza said, looking down at the scattered plastic bottles and pieces of old fish netting surrounding him."We feel as if our efforts are in vain". - Pink canal water -Much of the coast of Senegal, a poor nation of some 16 million people, is polluted.The government has made attempts to tackle the problem -- such as banning single-use plastics this year -- but the impact on the ground appears limited. Bargny's trash problem is particularly severe. The town has a spotty garbage-collection service, but no rubbish bins or sewage system. The deputy mayor of Bargny's town hall, Daouda Moustafa Diouf, told AFP that local authorities had begun to take the problem seriously. "We made very serious investments last year because we became aware of what existed here, it was really in an indescribable state," Diouf said. The town hall is designating rubbish collection points across town, which it hopes will discourage people from dumping on the beach.Pape Ndoye, an unemployed father in his fifties, pointed to a lack of infrastructure as a driver of pollution. "People come from distant neighbourhoods to put their garbage on the beach," he said, just as a girl nearby emptied a bucket onto the sand.Bins can do nothing against trash floating in from the sea, however.And Bargny's pollution problems stretch further than the beach. A detritus-filled canal leading to the sea is so polluted that its water sometimes turns pink, or green.Medza, the environmental activist, said he remained determined."As long as the beach isn't clean, we won't give up," he said.mrb/siu/eml/ri -------------------------------------------------------------

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