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Al Jazeera chronicles the Tuareg struggle for an independent homeland.
Last updated: 10 Jan 2014 07:20
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The Tuareg are the indigenous people of the Sahara desert. 

They are one of the poorest and most isolated peoples in the world - and one of the most militarised. 

They are an army of the poor in a land of astounding natural wealth; an animal-herding people in a dying world of drought. 

For decades, many Tuareg men have left their homes in search of work in neighbouring countries. Thousands ended up in Libya, as workers and fighters, and many as mercenaries for slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. 

In late 2011, after Gaddafi's death, thousands of them returned to their Saharan homeland in Niger and Mali. 

But having lost access to the country that was their only source of livelihood, they came home to find little more than crushing poverty, hunger and drought. 

Barely able to feed their children amidst total state neglect, the men launched a rebellion to found their own country - for which they had already chosen a flag and an old Tuareg name: Azawad. 

But the Tuaregs would not be the only ones to emerge from a collapsing Libya with a lot of guns, and a plan. Al-Qaeda was also preparing for a fight.

To follow the story, watch Al Jazeera's three-part series Orphans of the Sahara


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
The Tuareg are the indigenous people of the Sahara, the world's largest desert


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
They are divided by colonial history between Mali and Algeria, Libya, Niger and Burkina Faso


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
The Tuareg of the Sahara are among the poorest and most isolated people in the world


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
Buried under Tuareg land are the richest energy deposits on the African continent


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
Parts of the Sahara are the poorest in the world


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
For decades, Libya saw a mass influx of Tuareg men, many of them mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi. Earnings from Libya supported hundreds of thousands of lives back home


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
After the Libyan revolution and the death of Gaddafi, thousands of Tuareg fighters returned to their homelands in northern Mali and Niger, carrying everything they owned


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
The Tuareg fighters returning to Mali had Gaddafi's guns and a plan to create an independent state


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
The Tuareg have risen up seven times against Mali and Niger since their independence in 1960. Their dream for an independent state threatens five regional countries and the vital interests of France


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
Tuaregs were not the only ones to emerge from a collapsing Libya with a lot of guns, and a plan. Al-Qaeda and Ansar Dine were also planning a fight


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
Like northern Mali, northern Niger is filled with former Tuareg rebels and soldiers back from Libya, who dream of a Tuareg state


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
The area contains one of the most lucrative uranium mines in the world, but very few benefits reach the people


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
Most Tuareg live far from amenities like running water, electricity, schools or hospitals


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
Access to the most basic elements of life is a daily struggle for the people of northern Niger and northern Mali


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
In this region, the only kind of school most Tuareg children go to in the morning is a Qur'an class in the sand


/May Welsh /Al Jazeera
Most children in this region grow up to be illiterate



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The Tuareg are the indigenous people of the Sahara, the world's largest desert

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/df56becf13896bcbf95f77b345462e6cMay Welsh /Al Jazeera

The Tuareg are the indigenous people of the Sahara, the world's largest desert

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They are divided by colonial history between Mali and Algeria, Libya, Niger and Burkina Faso

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They are divided by colonial history between Mali and Algeria, Libya, Niger and Burkina Faso

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The Tuareg of the Sahara are among the poorest and most isolated people in the world

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The Tuareg of the Sahara are among the poorest and most isolated people in the world

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Buried under Tuareg land are the richest energy deposits on the African continent

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Buried under Tuareg land are the richest energy deposits on the African continent

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Parts of the Sahara are the poorest in the world

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/7172d5adaddc90344385aea8a6c705ebMay Welsh /Al Jazeera

Parts of the Sahara are the poorest in the world

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For decades, Libya saw a mass influx of Tuareg men, many of them mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi. Earnings from Libya supported hundreds of thousands of lives back home

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/c4a125ccdc81202b5d811fe77fb2232aMay Welsh /Al Jazeera

For decades, Libya saw a mass influx of Tuareg men, many of them mercenaries for Muammar Gaddafi. Earnings from Libya supported hundreds of thousands of lives back home

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/518a39d95b19e3b43e021b36d1aa5c88

After the Libyan revolution and the death of Gaddafi, thousands of Tuareg fighters returned to their homelands in northern Mali and Niger, carrying everything they owned

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/518a39d95b19e3b43e021b36d1aa5c88May Welsh /Al Jazeera

After the Libyan revolution and the death of Gaddafi, thousands of Tuareg fighters returned to their homelands in northern Mali and Niger, carrying everything they owned

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The Tuareg fighters returning to Mali had Gaddafi's guns and a plan to create an independent state

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/4966767a733541a32b2535b141bc08f5May Welsh /Al Jazeera

The Tuareg fighters returning to Mali had Gaddafi's guns and a plan to create an independent state

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/277f0e438f63c9a9958ad25d943ec241

The Tuareg have risen up seven times against Mali and Niger since their independence in 1960. Their dream for an independent state threatens five regional countries and the vital interests of France

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/277f0e438f63c9a9958ad25d943ec241May Welsh /Al Jazeera

The Tuareg have risen up seven times against Mali and Niger since their independence in 1960. Their dream for an independent state threatens five regional countries and the vital interests of France

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/b5dc9094cc65fe7efc13c3eed052590c

Tuaregs were not the only ones to emerge from a collapsing Libya with a lot of guns, and a plan. Al-Qaeda and Ansar Dine were also planning a fight

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Tuaregs were not the only ones to emerge from a collapsing Libya with a lot of guns, and a plan. Al-Qaeda and Ansar Dine were also planning a fight

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/743d96ced8e7c75df6bd1cbaaa3d9274

Like northern Mali, northern Niger is filled with former Tuareg rebels and soldiers back from Libya, who dream of a Tuareg state

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Like northern Mali, northern Niger is filled with former Tuareg rebels and soldiers back from Libya, who dream of a Tuareg state

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/e4e2b6b35cdfb4ec4d9d5540aaf4273c

The area contains one of the most lucrative uranium mines in the world, but very few benefits reach the people

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/e4e2b6b35cdfb4ec4d9d5540aaf4273cMay Welsh /Al Jazeera

The area contains one of the most lucrative uranium mines in the world, but very few benefits reach the people

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/86b9cc6bd54b542e4ebfa107167098d3

Most Tuareg live far from amenities like running water, electricity, schools or hospitals

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/86b9cc6bd54b542e4ebfa107167098d3May Welsh /Al Jazeera

Most Tuareg live far from amenities like running water, electricity, schools or hospitals

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/9b689337bc47ac3d25dea8c02bfda7db

Access to the most basic elements of life is a daily struggle for the people of northern Niger and northern Mali

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/9b689337bc47ac3d25dea8c02bfda7dbMay Welsh /Al Jazeera

Access to the most basic elements of life is a daily struggle for the people of northern Niger and northern Mali

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/cc309858bde9b40675b49104d82bffc2

In this region, the only kind of school most Tuareg children go to in the morning is a Qur'an class in the sand

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/cc309858bde9b40675b49104d82bffc2May Welsh /Al Jazeera

In this region, the only kind of school most Tuareg children go to in the morning is a Qur'an class in the sand

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Orphans_of_the_Sahara/slideshow/no-caption/ebdb619b192873b0d58c83fe57d79dde

Most children in this region grow up to be illiterate

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Most children in this region grow up to be illiterate



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