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Markoye is located in the north east of Burkina Faso; every week took place a huge market where a mixt of ethnic people gather: Tuareg, Peul, Bella, Bozo and Songhai. They all come here to sell or exchange livestock. At the end of the morning the market crowd is at its top.

Between desert and savannah, markets are considered privileged meeting places between two different worlds: the one of nomadic shepherds of berber origin and the one of the settled farmers of Black Africa.
Food market and the one of daily use merchandise is located in the middle of the village with its multitude of buyers and sellers: a kaleidoscope of colours, perfumes and voices with thousands of intonations. At the meantime, in a big place outside, is taking place the livestock market. Tuaregs arrive with their camel caravans crossing through the zebu’s herds of Peuls.
The shouts of nomads dressed in their traditional clothes blend with the confused cry of their herds… a unique performance out of the time.

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