In Illela, Niger, two young Tuareg women come to gather water at a small pond that has formed during the rainy season. This wadi dies up completely during the dry season, and then the women must travel into the village well. They use a goatskin bag to hold the water, and a simple rope with a goatskin “bucket” to scoop the water into the bag. Life moves slowly here.
Still, there is conflict. In Niger, conflict over resources such as water have led to clashes between the nomadic Tuareg and the local farmers. And iIn recent years, the Tuareg have been at odds with the government in Niger as they clamor for Independence, and much violence has broken the peace of their lives.
Shot with a Topcon 35mm camera and Tri-X film. Black and white negatives were scanned and digitized.