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In this picture taken Tuesday, July 17, 2012, a Nigerian taxman records the sale of a camel at the market in Bermo, Niger, 200 kms (125 miles)  north of Maradi. This is a region where it is in livestock that a man settles disputes, pays the dowry for his future bride and leaves inheritance to his sons. For generations, nomads have lived in a precarious equilibrium with the sky above them. When the first rains come, they head north toward the Sahara desert, where the grass is said to be saltier, packed with minerals. They time their movements according to the clouds, waiting for the second major downpour, before making a U-turn to head back to the greener south.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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