Photographer's Note

I continue my latest wrap-up of a long journey through West Africa in the winter of 1981–1982.

The is the Niger river as it runs through Niamey, capital of the Republic of Niger.

The Niger is the third longest river in Africa. Its source is in /.../ southeastern Guinea. It runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin, then through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta /.../ into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. (Wikipedia).

Taking this photo I was standing with my back to the city center. As you can see, the city ended rather abruptly at the river. On the other side, to the southwest, there was not much urban development in 1981.

All along the river in Niamey there were islands and sandbars, some of which were almost as wide as the river. This region is often victim of severe droughts when large stretches of the river become unnavigable. Flying above the Niger in Mali I saw the river looking like a number of elongated lakes separated from each other, making all regular boat traffic impossible until the next rainy season. Hopefully there would be a new rainy season.

I have added a WS that has no other connection to this than being taken in Niamey.

Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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