The home of a nomad in the Sahara Desert. We were given permission by the nomad to take photos of his home and his family, otherwise I would not have taken this photo (and others), nor sharing it. The nomads live a simple life in the desert and/or open land where they were once free to roam with their families and herds of sheep, but it’s been changing. The desert had no borders, which allowed the nomads to move as they needed to. Many still live in the desert; however, as countries began setting up borders within the Sahara, the nomads became trapped within the confines of their last location.
Consequently, once the borders came up, towns began to develop. Thus, the home shown here is much more permanent than previous nomadic homes. It even has electricity secured through car batteries, which is turned on only when needed. The nomad we spoke to who lived in this house says he and his family (mother, father, wife, son, and daughter) will soon reluctantly move into a truer home located in one of these towns once his son is old enough to go to school. With the borders erected and the nomadic lifestyle becoming extinct, the nomads must adapt.
In fact, he said his 2 sisters live in towns with their families. They already adapted. You could see it in his face and hear it in his voice that this oncoming change is upsetting to him. He knows no other life as he has only ever lived a nomadic one. It would be analogous to taking those of us who live in cities with television, electricity, air conditioning, plumbing, etc. and telling us that we need to change and adapt into living a nomadic lifestyle.
With that thought in mind, you can better picture why the nomad is hesitant, and frankly scared, of the change from the simple lifestyle he has only ever known, not only for himself, but also his family and their way of life.
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