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Tubu women cross the Sahara Desert

The Tubu people are desert travellers. Every year Tubu women navigate this harsh landscape, crossing the desert several times with their camels. They travel hundreds of kilometres across the desert to reach small towns which have markets so that they can trade their goods. To spend long periods in this vast desert, the Tubu women must find water to survive.

Foni and her 10-year-old daughter Shede are in search of a water well in the middle of the desert, which is just one square meter in size. Foni knows how to navigate the desert without a map or a compass, having learned this skill from her ancestors. The Tubu women are able to follow the sand ridges to help work out in which direction they should go.


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