The Azawak


The Azawak is a vast plain, the size of Florida, expanding over Mali and Niger. Its 500,000 inhabitants—primarily Tuareg and Wodaabe Fulani ethnic minorities—suffer from drastic consequences of climate change: severe water and food scarcity, 25% to 50% child mortality, forced economic migration as climate refugees and IDPs, and the rise of religious extremism. Despite extreme circumstances, the populations retain great pride in their culture and fight for their survival with tremendous dignity and resilience.