Inspiration of the Taureg

03/13/12

Twenty years ago, the village of Umm Giras was as unremarkable as a thousand others along the southern reaches of the Sahara desert. It had a cluster of round huts built from wood and straw, a primary school with just one tin-roofed classroom, and an unusually elegant mosque, painted white, with its grounds shaded by acacia trees. The inhabitants were unremarkable too; not obviously different from most Sudanese. Although they described themselves as nomads, and there were a number of sleek...

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