Camel Racing

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The Shiriken, or camel festival, takes place every Spring in Akoubounou, Niger – a small town near Abalak in the western part of the country. Tuaregs from the region gather for horse and camel racing, tende music and dancing, Tuareg blues under the stars, and people watching. Community leaders established the festival as a way to keep Tuareg traditions alive as many young people have moved to the city and no longer follow the nomadic, camel-centric lifestyle of their forebears.

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