Magazine article Geographical

The Nomad's Path: Travels in the Sahel

Magazine article Geographical

The Nomad's Path: Travels in the Sahel

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THE NOMAD'S PATH: Travels in the Sahel

by Alistair Carr IB Tauris, hb, 18.99 [pounds sterling]

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How many books about Niger do you own? Like most of its fellow Sahelian states, although historically, geographically and culturally fascinating, Niger remains largely ignored by outsiders. This is in part due to its relative inaccessibility--it's land-locked and largely Saharan--but it's also Niger's past as part of French West Africa that sees it suffer from an appalling lack of works in English. With The Nomad's Path, Alistair Carr deserves credit for doing his bit to correct the general state of Anglophone ignorance.

Carr's work is an accessible and readable account of his trek in a corner of this out-of-the-way country. Walking with a pair of local, French-speaking Tubu guides and a camel apiece, he crosses the Manga region. The arc of their three-week trip takes them from Nguigmi, near the border with Chad, via the southern reaches of the Termit Mountains, to journey's end at Birnin Kazowe, about 80 kilometres east of Zinder. …

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