Niger – Through My Lens

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Well. Here it is – my last post before I jet off to South America on Sunday morning. I’m back with another photographic journey (as far as my camera skills will let me) to the land-locked West African country of Niger. A mostly desert country, Niger is probably the most remote country I’ve ever visited. Back when I visited I didn’t sadly have the confidence to ask a lot of people if I could take their photo, so most photos do not include people. I only visited Niamey and Agadez, but nevertheless I think the pics I took do offer a little glimpse into a place few visit. Enjoy!

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On the banks of the Niger River, Niamey, skins are hung out to dry. The climate is hot and dry, so perfect weather for it!

Niamey street.

Niamey street.

The capital Niamey, by night.

The capital Niamey, by night.

The National Assemmbly in Niamey.

The National Assemmbly in Niamey.

I made a visit to the National Museum and Zoo, sort of rolled into one in Niamey, the capital. It’s fair to say conditions for the animals were less than desirable.

It was an open-air museum, with a variety of huts and mud-brick dwellings on display.

It was an open-air museum, with a variety of huts and mud-brick dwellings on display.

Don't think the crocs had it too good either,

Don’t think the crocs had it too good either,

The zoo had a collection of vultures. They did NOT look happy.

The zoo had a collection of vultures. They did NOT look happy.

I did meet a wonderful guy, his name was Halassi and he had a small apartment where I stayed a couple of night. I helped him to organise an application for a job in English – met him when I was looking for an internet cafe in Niamey. Very kind guy. He was a teacher mainly. Made my time in Niamey worthwhile.

Halassi in teacher-mode.

Halassi in teacher-mode.

Halassi outside his home.

Halassi outside his home.

The girls who lived next to Halassi doing their hair.

The girls who lived next to Halassi doing their hair.

And then I went to Agadez, in the middle of the desert. Animal/Camel market, a small festival, and the Grand Mosque the highlights.

Boy with drum in celebration.

Boy with drum in celebration.

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Would you like to buy a camel?

Would you like to buy a camel?

Animals at the market.

Animals at the market.

A warning in Agadez against AIDS (SIDA).

A warning in Agadez against AIDS (SIDA).

The Grand Mosque, Agadez.

The Grand Mosque, Agadez.

Crowds gather and walk the Agadez streets.

Crowds gather and walk the Agadez streets.

So there you go – a little look into a country you might not know much about. Thanks for visiting today, next post will be from… well we’ll see, aye? May the Journey Never End!

 

 

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