Photographer's Note

After spending a long time in the digital era I return temporarily to the slide period.

This is truly nothing special, but for the children watching the small truck being loaded (or unloaded) it may have been the event of the day.

This is from Agadez, a major town in the central part of Niger, on the southern outskirts of the Sahara desert. I had arrived here in December 1981 by truck from southern Algeria, a journey of three days through a roadless land.

In 1981 Agadez was a very quiet and peaceful town, which seemed totally safe. Since then it has been the centre of armed uprisings by the Tuareg people and become a hub for jihadist groups like the Al-Qaeda of Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). In recent years it has been a major centre for smugglers of arms, drugs and people. Thousands of Africans from various countries have passed through Agadez on their very dangerous journey towards the Libyan desert and the even more dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. Much of that trafficking has stopped now, since the EU paid billions of Euros to several African governments to prevent the migrants from going north.

I scanned this from a Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.

Looking for additional photos I found two which I enclose as workshops. They are not good but maybe "culturally" interesting enough to be shown here. One is from the market, the other shows the head and neck of a dromedary ;-).

Today I used a different browser and actually managed to show the very approximate map coordinates the proper way.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12535 W: 572 N: 24035] (102650)
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