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MALI – People from Sahel

Posted by rod - 23.01.2013

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Italian photographer Roberto Nencini had the opportunity to photograph the people from Sahel in Mali, Africa. His photograph’s tell the story of the woman in the village.

“In this area of West Africa, there are about 32 different ethnic groups. Among them, the Fulani, nomadic herders who live in a kind of symbiosis with the villagers. Also known as Peul, they use to barter offering products from livestock farming in exchange for grain. I was enchanted by their open faces, the precious jewels used during festivals, completely made of gold, real wealth for the village women. The Peul, like all nomads, are colorful, they use coins as necklace pendants, they have particular hairdo and tattoos that identify them with their tribes. Introducing myself to the Village Chief before taking photos, meeting together under the Toguna with the elders, empathize with them, discover their kindness and helpfulness was engaging and surprising. After such a long time I still have in my mind those faces that have accompanied me on that journey and that remain written in this gallery.”

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