Aisha

Valarie Napawanetz

West River, United States

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About 500 miles northwest of Niamey, Illela, a rural town in the Republic of Niger, sits at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. While working in a maternity clinic there, I met and befriended a Tuareg family camped out west of town in a dried river bed.

Their camels and goats were their livelihood, their life, yet they were also the very thing that created tension between these pastoralists and the farming Hausa who lived in the village. Always on the outskirts of town, like the Gypsies of Europe, they were suspect, not trusted.

Quiet, serene, and always in the background, Aisha seemed ancient as the desert itself. No one could tell me how old she was. She had not sense of time as we know it.

Taken with a Topcon 35 mm using Tri-X film; negatives were scanned and converted to positive images.

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