- Middle east
The oldest salt caravan begins in Djibouti, on Lake Assal, the saltiest lake in the world. Camel drivers transport the salt, harvested by hand from the ground in a 2500 year old process, across the country and sometimes as far as Ethiopia.
Lake Village Of Ganvié
Ten kilometers north of Cotonou, “the Venice of Africa”, Ganvié is a lakeside village in Benin on Lake Nokoué.
Every month, thousands of young men and women cross Djibouti from Ethiopia or Somalia to Saudi Arabia via Yemen. The journey is a perilous one, with the heat of the desert, the sometimes violent seas and the crossing of a country at war.
Traditional gold mining in eastern Burkina Faso can be a deadly occupation. Often dug by hand by local youths who are driven by necessity, the search for gold fuels fantasies at the risk of life.