Almost 60 of the 232 Senagalese youths who visited Rome to celebrate the World Youth Day Jubilee event with the Holy Father have decided to stay in Italy as illegal immigrants, the Fides news agency reports.
    Fr Alphonse Seck, national director of Catholic Charities and of the lay apostolate in the west African country of Senegal, who accompanied the youths to Rome, said, "This situation must make the world and African governments reflect, as it expresses African youths' loss of meaning, disenchantment and absence of a future in Africa."
    In addition to the Senegalese, 45 young Zambians of a total of 102 who went on pilgrimage to Rome, decided to remain in Italy.
    Fr Seck further commented: "It would be a good thing for the youth of the world to come to Africa to realise what the reality is in a continent tried by poverty, health emergencies, and civil war."
    Senegal's rate of unemployment was 25% in 1992. Life expectancy is 51 years, and infant mortality is 7.4%.
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27 Sep 00

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