Disappearance of Diary Sow: the Senegalese community and the police mobilized

Search notices from the young Senegalese Diary Sow who disappeared on January 3, 2021 in Paris.

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Diary Sow, the young Senegalese in scientific preparatory class in Paris, has been missing for a week.

The police launched a search and the Senegalese ambassador set up a daily monitoring committee.


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According to the Senegalese authorities in France, if the criminal trail is not, for the time being, privileged, the police do not rule out any trail in the disappearance of Diary Sow.

Not even that of the fugue.

Investigators are trying to trace the last days of the Senegalese student before her disappearance.

To read also: Diary Sow, “best student of Senegal”, missing in France

Several testimonies indicate the young girl would have spent the Christmas holidays in Toulouse, with her best friend, a medical student.

She was to return to Paris on January 1.

That day, she spoke on the phone with her “godfather”, Serigne Mbaye Thiam.

The current Senegalese Minister of Water and Sanitation was in charge of Education when Diary Sow was named “Senegal's best pupil”.

He has since remained very close to the student and her family.

The young woman is doing well.

They discuss the competitions she plans to take. 

SENEGAL Q / A EVENING FILE Missing student

The day after, she talks with her mother.

Students claim that she was then in her apartment in a university residence in the south of Paris.

His badge having activated the front door seems to confirm this.  

No more news since.

On January 4, Diary Sow does not go to classes.

The absence of the student, brilliant and assiduous, worries her comrades who sound the alarm.

Three days later, the Senegalese consulate reported his disappearance to the French authorities.

An investigation is open.

It's worrying, then we ask ourselves questions about the security of our living environment.

Concern is spreading to the Cité universitaire internationale de Paris

Aram Mbengue

In Senegal, a family in anguish

In Malicounda, near Mbour, 85 kilometers south of Dakar, his relatives live in anguish.

In the courtyard and the living room of the house, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbors… all came to give their support to Diary Sow's mother, dressed in white and very moved. 

Her husband, the father of the student, who was a pastry chef, died last April.

This absence is therefore a new blow for the family, which is sticking together in this simple house, in a sandy street in a residential area.

The television is on, the phones too, to exchange messages, hope for new information, reports

our correspondent in Dakar,

Charlotte Idrac


On a wall, two photos show Diary Sow posing alongside President Macky Sall, during the awards ceremony which crowned her best student in Senegal.

A student full of projects

All describe a serious young woman, discreet, but full of projects.

Diary Sow was at school in Mbour before joining the high school of excellence in Diourbel and therefore leaving for France in preparatory class.

She had returned to Senegal last August for the release of her book

Under the Face of an Angel

and according to her relatives, she had finished writing a second novel.

► To read also: The students of the Louis-le-Grand high school are worried about the disappearance of their comrade Diary Sow

Not knowing, this waiting is unbearable, confided one of her cousins.

But those close to Diary Sow feel supported by the authorities in Senegal and France.

Also comforted by the outpouring of solidarity generated by this affair.


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