Donkey Caravan to Timbuktu| 52mins
Director: Mark Aardenburg | Producer: Mark Aardenburg
Focus Years: 1999 | Country: Netherlands
'It has been a tough trip, but we returned to Timbuktu with 39 donkeys', says Al Mouktar, chief of a Tuareg tribe near Timbuktu. Due to three droughts and the civil war this tribe lost all of their animals. A Tuareg tribe in Bouressa, 900 kilometers up north, heard of their problems and offered Al Mouktar its surplus of donkeys. Before set off Al Mouktar, Al Joumarat, Al Kou and Achmed have to chase the donkeys. After three days they have caught 39 of them and set for Timbuktu. For 25 days they lead the herd across the never ending plains, through sandstorms, across sand dunes, along a track where they can find enough water. Accompanying these Tuareg, their amusing camels and sweet-tempered donkeys, we see and feel how these people cope with life in a harsh, but beautiful environment.