The interior delta of the Niger River is a vast region inhabited by a million people. A unique social, political and communal organization has developed over this territory, giving a profound meaning to living together in relation to the movement of the river.
The delta is fashioned as much by the immutable alternation of the seasons as by a state of perpetual metamorphosis. A single place can successively accommodate a spawning ground, then a fishing zone. It will then turn into pastureland for zebu, goats and sheep, then into fertile land for agriculture, before finally assuming a desert-like appearance at the height of the dry season. The delta is home life- forms that are multifarious, contradictory and complementary, urban and rural, modern and traditional. Yet for 30 years, prolonged periods of draught and lack of rain have rendered all aspects of the river’s life fragile. The inhabitants try tod adapt as best they can to these changes, while the equilibrium of the river redefines itself according to the new climatic reality.
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