Photographer's Note

In December 1981 I set out on a long journey to West Africa. I travelled by bus through Algeria as far south as I could reach with public transports. In the southern city of Tamanrasset I had to look around for somebody to take me through the Sahara. I found a truck headed for Nigeria with a load of dates, that brought me through roadless land to northern Niger, a journey of approximately 72 hours.

One of the first sights of life after we had crossed into Niger and left the desert behind us were these wells where people had come from afar with their cattle to find water. We only stopped briefly, so I took this photo from top of the truck.

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

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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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