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Dossier May 2012

Gerewol – The love festival

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    In the vast savannah in central Niger, from October to June there is no rain. Ponds become dry and the water table falls. During the day, the harmattan – the dry wind from the desert – blows incessantly, bringing dust and cold weather. Then the rainy season and summer follow. It is time…

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Wodaabe – Freedom I seek

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    They are reserved, but jovial and with refined manners. The Wodaabe know how to be courageous and behave like warriors; an important characteristic to have in a region where continuous tensions and ethnic fights endanger life. The transhumance takes them close to the bellicose Tuareg in the north, and sedentary farmers in the…

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Wodaabe – Never still

Wodaabe’s culture is a culture of transhumance. One of the myths of origin tries to explain why the Wodaabe are always on the move. The nomadic Fulani, it says, are the descendants of one unlucky boy. His parents had a quarrel and the mother, in a fit of anger, abandoned the boy in the bush.…

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Wodaabe – People of the plains

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  The Wodaabe are an ethnic group belonging to the large Peul family. Their origin is still a mystery, giving birth to many theories, at times bordering with fantasy. Some say they come from Mesopotamia or that they are the descendants of a group of Jews and Egyptians sent away at the time of the…

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Advocacy

The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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Baobab

The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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