Unemployment is high and many Senegalese rely on money sent home from family members who have headed for Europe in search of a better life.
A simmering ethnic conflict has also been ongoing in the southern Casamance region, claiming hundreds of lives.
Christians in Senegal
Senegal maintains a stance of religious freedom. Yet Christians are few and scattered in the strongly Muslim country. Many attempts to evangelise many people groups have borne limited fruit in some, and met with strong resistance in others, especially those where the influence of traditional African religious practices are most entrenched.
Translation of the New Testament into Wolof, Serer and other languages has been ongoing, and radio broadcasts are an important means of sharing the gospel.
Overall however, the formation of viable churches is particularly challenging in Senegal.