An investigation has been opened in France after the disappearance of a talented Senegalese student who was studying at a prestigious Paris school.
Diary Sow did not return to school after the Christmas holidays, causing concern in Senegal and France.
Described as “the best student in Senegal”, Ms Sow won several national academic prizes and published her first novel last year.
Aged 20, she has not been seen since 4 January.
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
The Senegalese diaspora is mobilising social media to find her. Several French celebrities, including actor Omar Sy, are sharing the appeal on Instagram and Twitter.
He retweeted this report:
🇫🇷🇸🇳France/Sénégal : elle a 20 ans et c’est “la meilleure élève” du Sénégal. Etudiante en classe préparatoire à Paris, #DiarySow est portée disparue depuis une semaine. Ses proches se mobilisent pour la retrouver. Reportage @DialloOumy4 pic.twitter.com/aHwTrO220Q— Le journal Afrique (@JTAtv5monde) January 10, 2021
Ms Sow is a second-year pre-university student at the prestigious Parisian high school Lycée Louis-Le-Grand, having received a scholarship for excellence.
“She is a punctual, very serious student, and the alert was given quickly. Nobody saw her, we did not find her in her apartment” in a university residence in Paris, Henry Sarr, member of an association of Senegalese students who launched appeals on social networks, told the AFP news agency.
“Neither her parents, nor her friends, nor her guardian, nor the embassy have had any news,” a member of the Senegalese community in Paris – Daouda Mbaye who organised a distribution of leaflets appealing for information at the weekend – told AFP.