This week I’m in Niger participating in the Cure Salee festival for the 4th year in a row. The festival is held in Ingall, Niger every fall at the end of the rainy season. Tuareg and Fulani herders from across the region descend on the city for its salty watering-holes, essential for their herds’ survival in the harsh desert climate, and for a few days of celebration before returning to their traditional grazing lands. The Cure provides a unique opportunity to engage this population and affect health and security across multiple countries in an area three times the size of Texas.
Below are some photos I’ve taken so far on my journey. Stay tuned for more updates!
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Chris is a US Army veteran having served as an Armor officer with a deployment to Baghdad in 2008-09 and then as a Special Operations Civil Affairs Officer with multiple deployments to Nepal in 2011-12.