KANO STATE, Nigeria – A photo of an Almajiri boy sleeping on a pile of dirt has left many people totally shocked.
A photo has emerged showing a tired Almajiri boy sleeping on a pile of dirt along the road in Northern Nigeria. The sad photo was shared by a Kano based Facebook user.
The photo describes the fate of many Almajiri children who are abandoned by their parents after being sent out to fend for themselves. Almajiri is a system of Islamic education practiced in northern Nigeria.
Almajiri derives from an Arabic word, rendered “al-Muhajirun” in English transliteration meaning a person who leaves his home in search of Islamic knowledge. But the system has been bastardized over the years.