The capture last week of Saif al-Islam Qaddafi who, disguised as a Tuareg, was trying to flee to Niger — where one of his brothers and some high-ranking officials have found refuge — has turned a spotlight on a country few people have heard of.
“Niger? You mean Nigeria?” No Niger, the largest country in West Africa. “The country of the Nigerians?” No, the country of the Nigeriens.
I have visited Niger several times and always came back with wonderful memories... and exceptional crafts. It is one of the most fascinating places I know.
Sannu (hello) Niger!
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