Pikine is a city in the
Pikine Department of the
Dakar Region of
Senegal. Lying to the east of
Dakar city centre, at the 2013 Census it
had a population of 1,170,791. The department includes the villages of
Yeumbeul, Thiaroye, Mbao, and Keur Massar Malika. Until the mid-2000s,
it also included Guédiawaye, which now forms a separate Department.
The city was founded in 1952 by the colonial government for former
Dakar who were relocated for new developments. This
original city is now known as "Old Pikine", while an informal
community has grown up around it.
The Grande Niaye de Pikine, a green area known for market gardening,
lies to the north west of Pikine.
Quartiers du Monde: Histoires Urbaines
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