Announcing ‘desert voices’ – a new oral testimony and journalism project from Panos
Fifteen years ago Panos and SOS Sahel published At the desert’s edge – a book exploring the culture, history and environment of eight countries in Africa’s Sahel region through the memories and recollections of its people.
By talking with farmers, pastoralists, refugees, and others, we gained a unique insight into many aspects of Sahelian life, including changing ecological conditions, conservation and agricultural practices, traditional medicines and social relationships.
This year – designated the International Year of Deserts and Desertification – we are launching the ‘desert voices’ project to return to the Sahel and see how life has changed for those still living at the desert’s edge.
Over the coming months we will be working with journalists and community development workers to gather new oral testimonies from Ethiopia and Sudan.
“Everyone involved in the development business should read this book”
Camilla Toulmin, director, International Institute of Environment and Development
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