Niger celebrates Touareg culture at Air festival | AFP

Niger’s Touaregs celebrate the Air festival in the northern Agadez region, featuring traditional music, camel races and crafts.

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In the desert heat, Niger holds first ever marathon | AFP

In an arid desert setting, runners participate in the first ever marathon in Niger’s history, taking place in and around the city of Agadez. The athletes run under the close watch of dozens of soldiers, deployed to prevent any possible attack by jihadists. Organised with the slogan “Running for Peace in the Sahel”, the ‘Grand Marathon du Ténéré’ aims to help put a stop to the isolation of this troubled region.

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A new migrant crisis is unfolding in Niger

Under a 2015 deal with the EU Niger halts the migrant flow in exchange for aid. Once a thriving city of Agadez faces dramatic economy reduction.

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From boom to bust: crackdown takes toll on Niger smuggling hub

With tens of thousands of migrants flooding into the desert city of Agadez en route to Europe, Africa’s smuggling capital enjoyed a surge in business which boosted the local economy. But a government ban on the transportation of migrants has hit business badly, leaving disgruntled locals out of pocket.