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Mali: An Introduction to the Tuareg Population

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Citizen Media, Ethnicity & Race, Governance, History, Politics, War & Conflict

The blog of the Tuareg movement Temoust Survie  publishes a post (via information from l'Express [1] [fr])  that provides [2] [fr] a brief introduction to the Tuareg culture  : “we are a nomadic people living from farming and trade. The Tuaregs are estimated to be about 1.5 million in a region that spans across Mali, Niger, Algeria, but also Libya, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. The common language Tamashek is related to the Berber language. With the Ethiopian population, the Tuaregs are one of the few African people with their own calligraphy.  The distinguishing features of the Tuareg clothing are the indigo veil they wear hence their nickname “the men in blue”.