The fall of Qadaffi and instability in Libya. Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria. The French war in Mali: all these hot spots influence the world and neighboring Niger, another former French colony. On this show NH resident Bess Palmisciano who has been in Niger some 40 times, talks about realities on the ground and her work with Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, and the difference it makes working with and respecting indigenous cultures, specifically the nomadic Tuareg. Even America’s war in Afghanistan effects the region.

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