‘Where camels are better than cars’ introduces four groups of people co-existing in the Doentza market and surrounding desert: Dogon farmers; Bozo fishermen; Tuareg pastoralists; Songhrai horticulturalists.  It explores their multi-cultural, “multi-economic” lifestyle. 

It features the lives of four people -

Fatime (Songhrai),

Moktar (Dogon),

Amadou (Bozo) and

El Malud (Tuareg)

They represent four diverse ethnicities and economies.  They met in the market place – a noisy, crowded centre in which relationships mattered more than transactions.  The market place is a functioning economy where everyone has a part to play.  

The ‘car park’ was for camels and donkeys, not vehicles.  In fact the only cars in the region were owned by international NGOs, Toyota land cruisers that frequently broke down and waited weeks for new parts to arrive.  Hence the pack title: ‘Where camels are better than cars’.

The pack set out to introduce positive images and stories of diversity and coexistence to the classroom, and to engage young people in the real colourful stories of individuals living in a part of the world that might otherwise seem very remote, very challenging and very different to their own.