Thursday, May 22, 2008
New Country #186 Niger
Yesterday brought just one postcard, but when its from a country that you never received a card from before one can be quite happy with just one. That is the case . The one postcard is from Niger country # 186 in my collection. One doesn't often see, not to mention receive, mail from this part of Africa. And, I owe it all to Sara, who lives in Niger. Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. The capital city is Niamey.
The picture on the card shows the Agadez Grand Mosque which is located about 740 km northeast of Niamey. Today Agadez flouishes as a market town and is a centre for the transportation of the uranium mined in the area. The Grand Mosque dates from 1515 but was rebuilt in the same style in 1844. Sara used a 2006 stamp featuring President Tandja Mamadou. One interesting note is what Sara wrote on her card- with the conflicts in the North, it's no longer safe to go and visit- referring to the Mosque. Niger is the 22nd African country in my collection but I still have 32 more to go in that area. Still a big challenge.