Culture and Places

Wodaabe Braids

Wodaabe Braids

WODAABE BRAIDS: An aunt is redoing her nieces braids as the young lady, Yobande, prepares to join her husband at ...
The Holders of Music

The Holders of Music

THE HOLDER OF MUSIC In traditional Touareg society, women are the musicians. They play the Imzad (a traditional single-stringed bowed ...
Young Lady Attends a Wodaabe Tribal Dance

Young Lady Attends a Wodaabe Tribal Dance

This young lady attends a Wodaabe tribal dance, known as the Guerwul. She watches as men dance for the women ...
Childhood Marriage

Childhood Marriage

CHILDHOOD MARRIAGE: Girls in the Azawak often marry between the ages of 10 and 14, depending on their ethnic group ...
Life Without Water:

Life Without Water:

Life Without Water: Azawak families walk up to 50km/day to obtain water. Due to severe water scarcity, they live off ...
The Azawak

The Azawak

THE AZAWAK The Azawak is a vast plain, the size of Florida, expanding over Mali and Niger. Its 500,000 inhabitants—primarily ...
The Male Beauty Pageant

The Male Beauty Pageant

The Male Beauty Pageant During the dry season Wodaabe men rely on street commerce in urban centers, in and outside ...
Magic and Medicine

Magic and Medicine

MAGIC AND MEDICINE The Wodaabe are known for their lore, magic, and medicine. Here a mother teaches her daughter how ...
man with sons

The Deadly Migration

THE DEADLY MIGRATION After losing 90% of his livestock, Mohammed travels to Libya several months a year to conduct petty-commerce ...
Father and daughter

Parenting and Condemnable Traditions

PARENTING AND CONDEMNABLE TRADITIONS On my previous post, one of my friends was concerned that I posted the photo of ...
Father offers comfort

Happy Father’s Day

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! This father, the school director of Taramtagueye village, provides comfort to his daughter after a long, tiring ...
Beautiful Wodaabe woman

Desert Punks

DESERT PUNKS (current theme: Wodaabe women of Niger) Wodaabe Fulani women venerate beauty. They have their faces tattooed during childhood, ...
From Gerewol’s to Prostitution

From Gerewol’s to Prostitution

FROM GEREWOL'S TO PROSTITUTION (current theme: Wodaabe women of Niger) Wodaabe women climate refugees, renowned for their beauty, may resort ...
Wodaabe woman

Road Cutters and Boko Haram

ROAD CUTTERS and BOKO HARAM (current theme: Wodaabe women of Niger) Najet recalls her latest return as a migrant worker ...
Kourgil and traditional medicine

The Exodus Fraught with Danger

THE EXODUS FRAUGHT WITH DANGER (Current theme : Wodaabe women of Niger) Kourgil, a Wodaabe, spends six to eight months ...
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