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Niger - Meet a camión from Bilma in the Ténéré Desert
Exploring - Like a Scout leader, Abakaoua explores the narrow passage that leads to the top of the dunes of Ifiniyane.
A bit of family history - Abdelkrim ag Ahrmed, son of Ahrmed ag Chaoua, is the grand-son of Chaoua and comes from a dynasty of caravan leaders. In the language of the Tuareg, Tamacheq, “ag” means “son of”. - Niger / Aïr / 2003
Tuareg warrior - With a single blow of his Takuba, Boubakar ag Mohamed has beheaded a jackal... what a feat! As the leader of a clan of ten families from the Kel Takriza tribe, formerly feared in the Sahel because of their raids against black farmers, today he is the most peaceful of Tuareg dignitaries – and the one wearing the most makeup! - Niger / Western Aïr
Abakaoua, a Targi of the Kel Tédélé tribe - Symbol of the stubborn resistance of his people, chief Abakaoua ag Kanom is proud of his 72 years of age and wears an indigo cloth covering his head and shoulders, as well as khol makeup.
Taguella is bread made of wheat and baked in the sand.
«Water is life» – filling the guerba, made of goat leather. (Guelta Baloumat / Aïr / Niger)
The chief’s toothbrush - Boubakar ag Mohamed does not smoke. He uses this piece of wood, taken from a very widespread bush in the Sahara called the «Abesgouin», to clean his teeth – which by no means detracts from the authority in his eyes! - Niger / Aïr / 2001
Niger - The caravan leader Mohamed ag Boubakar with his toothbrush.
The Tuareg Kel Tédélé - Kogo / Aïr / Niger
Targui in a Touareg camp in the Hoggar - Algeria
Aïr / The "taguella"
Cooking the taguella owes everything to the desert. The sand acts as an oven, heated by the embers of wood carried on camels.
Aïr / Tamgak / The relaxation
In the mountains, men finally find the time and the place of a real relax where water and fire get married.