Sahel (Niger & Mali)

February 2012 - April 2013


At the beginning of February 2012 I arrived in Niamey, the capital of Niger, for my second African assignement with the ICRC.

At the time I was based there, the Regional delegation of Niamey covered both Niger and Mali, so because of the coup of March 2012 in Bamako and the events that followed in Northern Mali throughout the year and beginning 2013, I had the opportunity to work for both countries and spend a few months in Bamako.


I knew next to nothing about this region before being assigned to it and it was with great delight that I discovered my interest in and liking for these landlocked countries and their people.

After the lavish forests of Congo, the desert landscapes of Sahel made for a drastic change in scenery. Niger and Mali are Muslim countries, which made for quite a change in culture, too!

I ended up spending 14 months in Sahel. Despite my frustration at not being able to visit Niger and Mali beyond the surroundings of their capital cities (the security situation did not allow it, and unfortunately this is not likely to change soon), I tried to make the most of the perimeter I could move within and discovered a deep liking for the colors, the people and the nature of this region.

I hope to convey some of the Sahel’s character and my enthusiasm for it through some of the pictures I posted!

Please follow the links on the left to view the different entries and pictures about Niger and Mali (and Burkina), that I posted during my time there.






Mar 2012



Apr 2012

Parc W

Mai 2012


Jul-Aug 2012


Jul-Sept 2012

Burkina Faso

Oct 2012


Oct-Apr 2013

What was I doing here?

Link to the ICRC

Niger-Mali webpage