Authorities in France have opened an investigation into the sudden disappearance of Diary Sow, a 20-year-old Senegalese student who was enrolled at the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand high school in Paris.
Regarded as “the best student in Senegal”, Sow was reportedly last seen on January 4 and she did not report back to school after the Christmas holidays, BBC reported. The brilliant student, who has won several national awards in her native country and is a well-known personality, gained a scholarship to study at the prestigious Parisian school. Sow’s worrying disappearance has raised concerns both back home as well as in France.
Following her disappearance, the Senegalese community in France has been posting a missing person flyer on social media with her image and details in a bid to gather clues and information on her possible whereabouts. The Senegalese consulate in Paris also declared Sow missing on January 7, and the police subsequently opened a disappearance inquiry, France 24 reported.
Nous sommes toujours sans nouvelles de Diary Sow 20ans, disparue depuis le 04 janvier 2021.— Consulat Sénégal (@ConsulSenParis1) January 10, 2021
Merci de maintenir l'extraordinaire élan de solidarité afin de la retrouver saine et sauve #RetrouvonsDiarySow #retrouvonsds @kebetu @RokhayaDiallo @OmarSy @HapsatouSy @BeyeHabib pic.twitter.com/jka57P6mG7
“Neither her parents, nor her friends, nor her tutor, nor the embassy have had any news,” Daouda Mbaye, a member of the Senegalese community in Paris who arranged for the distribution of missing person flyers with Sow’s details, told AFP.
“She is a punctual pupil, very serious, and the alert went out quickly. No one had seen her; she wasn’t in her apartment [student residence],” Henry Sarr, a member of a Senegalese students’ association that launched a social media campaign on Sow’s disappearance, also told the news outlet.
Back home in Senegal, the media have also been reporting Sow’s disappearance. The 20-year-old won the West African nation’s “Best Student” award in 2018 and 2019, and also published a novel last year, according to France 24.