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The camp Bechar is situated at the well of Zakkat - Niger
Waterhole of Eres near Temet, Niger - Canisters are filled with the precious water by the Tuaregs and then transported by camels.
The well of Guelta Timia - Niger
Guelta Iffazane - Niger - Water springs from the ground and flows through several degrees into a small lake.
Caravan leaving for Gouloukou - Gouloukou is marked on the map! The sound of the name is reminiscent of gurgling water. This is not surprising: Gouloukou is a fountain where tadpoles like to have fun. - Niger / between Aïr and Ténéré / 1999
Guelta of Enghar - Probably the coldest water in the Aïr! The sun never shines into the depths of this rock cleft on the trail to Toufouchi. - Niger / Aïr / 2001
Guelta of Agamgam - Among volcanic walls, clan chief Abakaoua leads his camels to a drinking hole and its amazingly fresh, cool water.
Where there’s water, there's life - The waterhole of Iffazane offers a rare treasure: water, which provides for fresh greenery throughout the year. - Niger / Aïr / 2002
Return from the well - The donkeys are tired, the water odres are full and the sun approaches its zenith: a common sight on the track between Iferouâne and Arlit. - Niger / Aïr / 2003
Targuia at the fountain of Tezirzek - Between the high plateau of the Aïr Mountains and the Ténéré, the Tezirkek fountain attracts nomads and their animals. Unlike the men, the women do not wear a headscarf. - Niger / between Aïr and Ténéré / 2003
Here at the guelta one can find the precious liquid, even when the river dries up. - Guelta Baloumat / Aïr / Niger
Filling up with water for people and camels at the Takarit well. (Oued Takarit / Aïr / Niger)
«Water is life» – filling the guerba, made of goat leather. (Guelta Baloumat / Aïr / Niger)
This Tuareg boy´s hair plaits are consecrated to Allah. - Campement Abakaoua / Puits de Faris / Tezirzek / Aïr / Niger
The guelta of Agamgam, last station before crossing the Ténéré. - Aïr / Niger
Touareg woman at the well of Faris - Aïr / Niger
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.
Aïr / Toufouchi / Pantry
Food and cooking utensils are placed high to protect them against animals. All the containers come from nature, except the pot.
Zakkat / Building a roof
In the oases, the nomads exchange meat and milk for the grain of the gardeners and the tools of the blacksmiths. The huts are often made of straw and leaves.
Aïr / Camp Chanounou / A veil of respect
To guide the ancestral way of life, tradition and freedom are combined with respect for each other.
Toufouchi / Gift of the sky
In the shade of a tree, swinging gently in a goat skin hanging from a supple branch, the young child is the object of all attention.
Toufouchi / The school of life
In order to participate in the life of the camp, the girl learns the necessary skills at an early age so she can help the family. Here she is preparing to grind millet in a mortar.
Each well is a privileged point where the nomads meet. In the immensity of the great desert, it is also the secret of the initiates: Find it if you can! The unfortunate who has embarked on an adventure with a rope too short is likely to die of thirst at its side.
Algeria - Immidir - Hassi Meniet - 1965
Well of the Ténéré tree
At the bottom of this 36 meters deep well, the water is of poor quality, but necessary for caravaneers. It is brought to the surface by muscle power or with the help of animals.
Niger - Tenere - 1967