Forty people have drowned in the first three weeks of the summer holidays as residents seek respite from a cramped city

In the middle of the afternoon almost every day of Senegal’s summer holidays, hundreds of young people descend on the beaches around the capital, Dakar, which sits on a peninsular jutting into the Atlantic.

They wrestle in the sand, play football and leapfrog up and down the shore, spending their spare francs on peanuts and madd, a sour tropical fruit.

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