AFRICAN JOURNEY by John Chiasson


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This photojournalist's account of Africa today successfully depicts how the lives of the people there are influenced both by nature and by the demands of the modern era. To illustrate the changes and challenges that Africa faces, the author chose six communities between the Sahara Desert and the equator: the Sahel in Niger at the edge of the Sahara, populated by the nomadic Twareg and the WoDaaBe; a farming community in Benin's tropical coastal plains; Dakar, the capital of Senegal; Touba Diallaw, a small fishing village on the coast of Senegal; the river port of Mopti in Mali; and drought-stricken Ethiopia. Each has different ways of coping with the tasks of raising enough food to feed the native populations as well as the growing modern cities near them, while still making use of thousand-year-old skills. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photos recording daily activities, and making clear the participation of all generations in the life of the community. Combined with the understandable, straightforward way in which the author presents his material, the photographs give a good idea of everyday life in different parts of Africa.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1987
Page count: 55pp
Publisher: Bradbury