Nomadic herdsmen in Bourguirbe Maure, Mauritania water their cattle at a watering hole during the "saison de soudure" - the period during the dry season between the moment when the food stocks from the previous harvest have been depleted and the following harvest. Watering holes such as this are dug by hand in the beds of dry Wadis to reach the sub-surface water table. They are used by shepherds as well as the local population for water consumption. Global warming and climate change have caused widespread drought and food insecurity throughout the Sahel with serious humanitarian and socio-economic consequences for the region.
Bouguirbe Maure, Mauritania. 10/03/2011.
- Photo © J.B. Russell
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- REPORTAGE: Climate Change in the Sahel