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Desert Travels in Darfur

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An account of travels on camel in North Darfur (2000-2002) by desert explorer and writer Arita Baaijens

An account of travels on camel in North Darfur (2000-2002) by desert explorer and writer Arita Baaijens

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  • 1.
    • Arita Baaijens made several journeys on camel in North Darfur (2000-2002)
    • Her book Desert Nomads is an account of those trips
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    • In 2000 I travelled from El Fasher north to the salt pan Atrun and to Nukheila
    • In 2001 I joined a trade caravan of 400 camels from Darfur to Dongola on the Nile
    • In 2002 I traveled in the Meidob Hills
  • 5. I bought 4 camels In el Fasher
  • 6. I hired a guide and two escorts for protection Yussuf guide
  • 7. And off we go
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  • 12. Malha crater
  • 13.  
  • 14. Meidob territory
  • 15. Kababish nomads
  • 16.  
  • 17. Wadi Howar
  • 18. ‘ land of the dead’ - north of wadi Howar
  • 19. Salt pan Atrun
  • 20. Nukheila
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    • From Nukheila to the NileValley takes about 13 days - no water wells on the way
    • The camels HAVE to drink all they can
    • A mix of salt and flower will make them thirsty
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    • In 2001 I joined a trade caravan of 400 camels
    • Yussuf was my chaperone
  • 32. The crew, Yussuf on the right
  • 33. Camels every where
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  • 35. Armed guards protected the camels
  • 36. Up before sunset
  • 37. Asida ,tasty and filling (made from sorghum)
  • 38.  
  • 39. Repair worn out soles camel feet
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  • 43. Camel baby born and left behind
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  • 46. Shave – before reaching Nile Vally
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    • I’d like to thank my guide and
    • teacher in the desert Yussuf
    • Gamma for more than I could
    • ever express in words
  • 50. www.aritabaaijens.nl
    • © arita baaijens