Niger hosts great Sahara camel race in the desert
Niger hosted its great Sahara camel race last Saturday.
Twenty-five camels took part in two five-kilometer laps of the Ingall Camel Race in northern Niger.
It was a flagship event of the “Salt Cure” festival, a great celebration of Saharan pastoralism trapped in the jihadist conflict in the region.
The breed is considered to be one of the main cultures of most of these camel herders not only in Niger but throughout the Sahara Desert.
This rich culture has been passed down from generation to generation as they consider it honorable as competitors seek fame but not reward.
âCamel racing is something we inherited from our parents. We don’t do it for interest or money, if we can get the money, that’s good. It’s more something with which we grew up, it’s for fun. In Europe, there is football, here, it’s camel racing. It happens (editor’s note, here) once a year, (editor’s note, elsewhere) of time in time, âsaid Khamid Ekwel, owner of camels.
Hundreds of camel owners showed up on Saturday morning to compete on the five-kilometer trail in the desert.
While most of these animals came from all over the country and even from neighboring Algeria, special and skillful riders were going to be successful in this competition.
A ten-year-old boy named Tchin Tabaraden won the coveted race after beating 24 runners in the 5-kilometer race.
Moussa, winner of the camel race at the salt cure festival (male, 10 years old, Tamashek, 13 sec):
Competition is set for next year in search of another champion in Niger.