Date published: September 1, 2011
The Republic of Senegal welcomed 163 Haitian university students in Dakar, Senegal in October 2010. The students will attend one of three universities in Senegal on full scholarships from the government of Senegal.
The President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, offered them free education after an earthquake devastated the Republic of Haiti (République d'Haïti; Repiblik Ayiti) in January. The government of Senegal was swift to offer aid to Haiti in the earthquake's aftermath this January, committing $1 million in emergency relief as well as offering land to Haitians who wanted to relocate to Senegal.
President Abdoulaye Wade addressed the students upon their arrival at a ceremony at the foot of his recently-inaugurated African Renaissance Monument, a 146 feet tall bronze statue overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, unveiled in April.
Wade called the students' arrival an act of "Pan African solidarity" and that their presence marks the return of young Haitians to the land of their ancestors, which is a resounding victory for Africa. Continuing, he also said that others have returned to Africa, but only to return to a land still dominated by outside forces, but today, they are returning freely to an independent Africa in control of its destiny.