Child of the North – L’Enfant Du Nord

Child of the North of Mali

A true child of the North of Mali.  Seen in Tichlatt, a Moor village in the Cercle de Nara.

Photography is my all absorbing passion since childhood. There is great beauty in documenting life for later. Mali and Nara belong to the few places on this earth were I often forgot to take pictures because life was so fascinating and intense.

So I just lived, dreamed and did not think about later. Like that I did not miss out on great moments.

Mali has to be thanked.

Categories: Africa, Berber, Mali, People, Sahel, West Africa | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Child of the North – L’Enfant Du Nord

  1. A strong picture with a long story. The child sits in the shade of a water transport cart. Probably, the water is finished, because the well is broken down. A typical situation all over Africa.

    FairWater is now planning also to work in Mali to actually do something about this problem of thousands and thousands of broken wells, together with the UNDP Millennium Villages Project.

    Can we use this picture for our Project?


    • Hello,
      Thank you for your comment! And you have a fantastic project idea. Like you say, organizations have built thousands of wells with foreign aid over the years and many are broken now or non-functional. So the great thing about your project is that you are not adding new ones but that you intend to repair and maintain the wells. You are welcome to use this picture. Please refer to my blog and my name. I have just started writing this blog but I will post many stories also about drilling wells and sanitation, which was one of the main pillars of the project I worked for. A lot can be told about this topic.

      Kind regards

      • Thanks! Can you write a bit about how people in “your” area deal with the water problem and especially, how they deal and manage the challenges of keeping the wells in operation? How do they organize it now, is this working, or how and what would they like to improve?

        Because many “technical solutions” like handpumps break down and need spares and repairs, people tend to prefer and go back to traditional open wells that are easier to maintain with simle local materials. But also these open wells have hazards and costs, and do not really fit in a vision of how people can improve their lives these days. But is is a choice of course.

        Our “solutions” also has technical components, but other than the handpumps used so far, our BluePump is much stronger and reliable and easier to repair. This works now in many African countries, like in the North of Kenya, in wells up to 90m deep. It could be for Mali also a better option. Would be great to take the challenge in Mali as well!

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