• Short Summary

    For several years persistent drought conditions have affected the Sahel region of Africa, in Mali, Niger, Mauritania and southern Algeria.

  • Description

    For several years persistent drought conditions have affected the Sahel region of Africa, in Mali, Niger, Mauritania and southern Algeria.

    The people who inhabit these regions are traditionally nomadic, moving from place to place to find grazing for their herds. But recently hundreds of thousands of them have been forced to abandon their home territory and head northwards across the Sahara desert in search of water.

    Their suffering has been intense. They have watched not only their animals die of thirst and starvation, but also the youngest children among them and the oldest men and women. Only the strongest survived the ordeal of crossing the desert - alternately roasting in the daytime sun and shivering in night-time sub-zero temperatures.

    Their route towards civilisation is littered with the bodies of their dead, but those who are alive have grouped themselves in small encampments around water sources on the edge of the desert.

    Several thousand refugees from Mali, Niger and Algeria are living around Tamanrasset in southern Algeria, about 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) from the capital, Algiers. The Algerian authorities give them aid in the form of grain and they also sell their handicrafts.

    There are no young children among them, except babies born after the trek across the desert, and no old people at all. Despite their hardships they manage to organise their lives into work, religious activities and recreation. They live in tents and make fires with the meagre supplies of fuel they find lying around.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3JLRD2MVX41IVBM6JQ0GLLY1L
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JLRD2MVX41IVBM6JQ0GLLY1L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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