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

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Desert Travels in Darfur

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

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