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Vendedora de hortalizas y frutas, Tombouctou -   Selling vegetables and fruits, Timbuktu (January 2004)    www.vicentemendez.com

Vendedora de hortalizas y frutas, Tombouctou - Selling vegetables and fruits, Timbuktu (January 2004) www.vicentemendez.com

A Tuareg nomad stands near the 13th century mosque at Timbuktu in Mali.

Mali's rebels hold the advantage in a ground war on desert plains

File photo of a Tuareg nomad standing near the century mosque at Timbuktu, Mali, March REUTERS/Luc Gnago

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Tuareg young men wearing traditional clothes and container amulet, near Tombouctou, Mali, [slide].

Africa, Mali, Tombouc­tou, Arouane, desert, Tuareg, nomad| © Patrick de WILDE

Africa, Mali, Tombouc­tou, Arouane, desert, Tuareg, nomad| © Patrick de WILDE

Tuareg woman wearing talhakimt and Cross of Agadez pendants.Photo by Anthony J Arkell, 1920s. PRM 1998.204.43.2

Tuareg woman wearing talhakimt and Cross of Agadez pendants. © Anthony J Arkell, The Tuareg are Berber people with a traditionally nomadic pastoralist lifestyle. They are the principal inhabitants of the vast Sahara Desert.

:: Tuareg II Hoggar II Sahara Desert II Algeria II Africa :: by Norbert Righetto on 500px

The authentic Tuareg scarf colors the skin blue, which is the reason these people are often called the "blue men".

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