Wrath of Coastal Erosion’ Is Devouring a Senegal Fishing Hub

  • 2018-05-23
  • The New York Times

Houses on the shore seem to have been ripped open by a giant claw. The corner of an abandoned school is gutted, leaving what looks like a gigantic bite mark.

The culprit behind this destruction in Saint-Louis, on the northern edge of Senegal’s Atlantic Coast, is not some mythical sea monster, but the ocean itself.

Eroding shorelines are a global problem, made worse by the rising sea levels that result from climate change.

Many in these neighborhoods are from the Lebou ethnic group, traditionally a fishing community. The ocean might have destroyed their homes, but it was also a source of food, income and community.