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Where Is Diary Sow? Senegal's Best Student Is Missing In France
There are cries of anguish in the village of Malicounda Bambara in the M’Bour region of Senegal, where a community of loved ones is waiting to hear from its star student, Diary Sow.
She was crowned the country’s “best student” twice, once in 2018 and again in 2019. Sow excelled in literature and science, and her merit is what landed her a spot in high school Lycée Louis-Le-Grand— one of the most prestigious schools in Paris.
She made her community proud.
“She symbolizes hope,” Fatou Bintou Sanoho, a board member at the Federation of Senegalese Students and Interns in France, told the Washington Post.
She appeared to be doing well, but on Jan. 4, following a holiday break, she didn’t show up for class. Three days later, her school alerted Senegalese authorities in Paris, who filed a report with the police.
Senegalese police told The New York Times there was no sign of criminal activity nor hospital records of Sow. Her family remained silent but an uncle, who declined to give the press his name to protect the family’s privacy, said he last spoke to her on Jan. 2.
There’s a picture on the Senegalese consulate’s website describing Sow as “thin build, 172 cm., [with] dark brown eyes.” The notice adds, “help us find her by sharing. We count on you.”
There’s currently a hashtag circulating on various social media platforms to spread the word about Sow’s disappearance #RetrouvonsDiarySow, or Let’s Find Diary Sow.