Bellah people are a marginalized group within the Kel Tamasheq society. Descent-based slavery has kept Bellah people within a caste system.
Local Kel Tamasheq are pushing back against international oil companies’ exploration of the basin.
Kel Tamasheq are pastoralists living in the Sahara Desert across North Africa. They have extensive indigenous knowledge allowing them to survive in one of Earth’s most formidable climates. However, they face challenges with the Malian government, which does not recognize their indigenous rights. Photo Credit: Vientodelsur