6 things about Niamey, Niger I noticed as I was driving through the streets

08/02/2014 § Leave a comment

My parents recently moved to Niamey and invited me to visit them – I of course took this opportunity to discover a country completely foreign to me and had absolutely no idea what to expect.

Here are 6 things I immediately noticed upon my arrival as we drove through the capital of Niger:
1. Though trash bags have been outlawed in 2013 in Niger, Niger has a problem managing its trash. My mom’s friend told me the locals joke that the national bird and flower of the country are a black trash bag.

2. Locals store their crops, usually millet, in huts that are raised off the floor.Millet stores outside Niamey, Niger

3. Gasoline is often sold in liquor bottles at vendors along the road – a way more affordable option for locals who travel on their scooters.

Gas stand

Gas stand

4. Donkeys, goats, cattle, camels, over-loaded vans… these are a few things that are normally on the road here.

 

Dromedary camel walking in front of the house

Dromedary camel walking in front of the house

Cattle crossing the road

Cattle crossing the road

Goats along the road

Goats along the road

5. Drying clothes out on the bridge is common.

The Kennedy Bridge

The Kennedy Bridge, one of 2 bridges in Niamey.

6. A major rail called the Niger-Abdijan railway is being constructed and will link Niger to the Ivory Coast, which will be huge for improving infrastructure and development.

Construction of the Niger-Abdijan railway

Construction of the Niger-Abdijan railway

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