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Deserts: Life in the Furnace

Baked, barren, deadly human life in the desert is ruled by the relentless quest for the most vital resource of all: water.

See Tubu women and children navigate the endless, shifting dunes of the central Sahara trading dates, their lives dependent on finding water from a single solitary oasis.

Watch Wodaabe men adorn themselves with exquisite make-up for the intoxicating courtship dance that will ensure their people’s future.

Witness the spectacular fifteen-minute frenzy as thousands of men fish by hand in a desert lake. The arrival of the rains in Mali brings jubilation, but danger is never far away.

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