My pictures are taken on a human scale, recording the natural and social wealth of Djoliba, as the legendary Niger River is known. Better than abstract figures and analyses, they testify to the way Malian river-dwellers are adapting to the deterioration of their environment on a day-to-day basis. These photos seek to provide local citizens with a concrete picture of their river, so that its combined economic, social, human and ecological importance becomes apparent to them.
Musée National du Mali
Raymond Dakoua (Côte d’Ivoire)
Djoliba, les gens du fleuve, 2009