Mali: The River Niger in Pictures

Boukary Konaté, a member of the Global Voices community in Mali, recently toured rural schools on a traditional Malian boat as part of a digital literacy project. This boat trip was an opportunity to explore his own country and to illustrate the many aspects of the 2,600 miles-long Niger river.

The Niger is the third-longest river in Africa, exceeded only by the Nile and the Congo River. Its source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea. It runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger and then through Nigeria, discharging through the Niger Delta into the Atlantic.

Here are a few snapshots of the Niger taken by Boukary Konaté and his team, reproduced with permission. More pictures can be found on the Segou Connection photo gallery hosted on Briconcella's Flickr account.

A view of the Niger river from the embankment of Sekoro, Mali
A traditional Malian boat on the river Niger, en route to the market
Ouro Mody, a village on the Niger bank: traditional Fula architecture
The mosque of Djafarabe, in Fula territory
Women  fetch water from the river to water rice paddies 
A fisherman's son tends to play with the tool of the trade
Life aboard the UNESCO boat
A crew member, in traditional head dress
A Pirogue (dugout) sailing off as dusk descends on the Niger

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