Senegal Country Report
The government is struggling to contain the fallout from a BBC programme aired in June 2019 that alleged corrupt payments in the oil sector implicating President Macky Sall's brother. The scandal has reinforced perceptions that management of the nascent sector has been opaque, and that contracts have been signed which do not adequately benefit the state. Sall has also been accused of instrumentalising the judiciary to sideline political rivals. The ruling BBY coalition has proved sympathetic to union demands, especially in the public sector, although it resisted teachers' demands for housing allowances for nearly a year before conceding. Strikes are relatively frequent, although they rarely last longer than 48–72 hours.
Senegal is taking extremely seriously the probability of attacks by militants linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Soldiers remain deployed to key sites in the capital, Dakar, and specially trained anti-terrorist forces are on high alert, with additional threats to tourist sites outside the capital. The risk increased with the formation of a new Sahelian jihadist front in March 2017 of several Al-Qaeda-linked groups. Casamance had been quiescent for many years as peace negotiations rumbled on, although armed robberies have increased in 2019 while factions of separatist forces complain about lack of government commitment to peace talks.
Crime is primarily a risk in urban areas, especially the capital Dakar where targets of petty crime include expatriates. Pickpocketing and property theft are the most prevalent forms, rather than violent crime, although armed robberies of petrol stations and businesses can occur in Dakar's peripheral neighbourhoods. Senegalese nationals and foreign visitors are occasionally subject to fraud and phishing attempts, with local groups drawing on expertise gleaned from Nigerian criminal gangs. Commodity smuggling between Gambia and Senegal is common, as well as human trafficking into and out of Senegal, a country that still sees large numbers attempting to reach Europe as economic migrants.
President Sall has made meaningful efforts to address the demands of the separatist Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de Casamance (MFDC), but talks increasingly appear to be stalled. Several statements by the Front Nord faction in the first half of 2019 have accused the government of failing to respect its commitment to Rome-based peace negotiations which resumed in October 2017. However, although the MFDC has stepped up armed robberies, it has little chance of challenging the state following the loss of support from ousted Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, whose departure also removes threats of armed inter-state conflict. Occasional disputes over fishing boundaries with Mauritania are unlikely to lead to inter-state war.
Vaccinations required to enter the country
Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers over nine months old arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (YFV) transmission and for travelers who have been in transit in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission.
Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.
Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).
Yellow Fever: A vaccine is available for children over the age of one year.
Typhoid Fever: If your travels take you to regions with poor sanitary conditions (for children two years old and up).
Rabies: For prolonged stays in an isolated region (for children from when they can walk).
Meningococcal Meningitis: For prolonged stays, or in case your travels will put you in close contact with a local population affected by an epidemic of the disease (for children over the age of two years).
Malaria: Recommended preventive medication - mefloquine (sometimes marketed as Lariam) or doxycycline (sometimes marketed as Vibramycin).
For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.
Temperatures are high in Senegal all year long. The rainy season lasts from July until September and tornados sometimes strike during this period. The rest of the year (October-June) weather conditions are dry. Between December and February, the Harmattan, a hot and dry wind from the Sahara Desert, regularly passes through the country.
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