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The Vibrant Tradition And History Of Niger Compare To The Current Bleak Economic Situation

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Niger, home of the free flowing Niger River is a Sub-Saharan country. Sadly it is an extremely poor country. With part of the country desert and less than 3% open for crop use. The present economic situation is bleak at best. Yet, the vibrant tradition and history of this country live today in its tribes and its people even through all of its adversities. From severe droughts to military coups to a dysfunctional government to the culture has stayed strong.
Niger is one of the most poorly located places in the world. With few natural resources and even fewer arable land it needs help from a lot of countries. Niger receives most of their imports from France. They get various objects from donations as sixty-four percent of Nigerians are in poverty. For example, used clothing is a big import they receive. They also receive medicines. With lots of diseases and one doctor for every 41500 patients medicine is a coveted object. Other goods imported to Niger are rolled tobacco, radioactive chemicals, and petroleum products. Niger is a uranium rich country. Uranium is one of the most heavy natural occurring metal in the world. It is 18.7 times more dense than water. It is energy filled which is the reason why they use it in nuclear bombs. To give a perspective on how energy filled it is when Little Boy was dropped over Hiroshima only one point three eight percent of the uranium in the bomb exploded, the rest was blown away before it could fizz. .7 grams of uranium killed 80000 people and destroyed roughly sixty-six point seven percent of the buildings were destroyed in Hiroshima. They also export cow peas and onions.
Niger is eighty-percent desert which doesn't go well for natural resources or availability of water. The Niger River is a huge resource for Niger. With its beautiful, sparkling water flowing southwest in a sort of crescent shape is a place of relief. Along this river you have wonderful area for farming and grazing and you can find the most populous city and the capitol Niger called Niamey. This Sub-Saharan country not only has the Sahara desert to deal with but the Tenere Desert on the north-eastern part of the country. The Air Mountains run through the western part of the country and it's here where you can find Mount Idoukal-n-Taghes, the largest point in Niger towering at 2022 meters. Niger is in Western Africa. It borders with Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, and Nigeria {in which it shares the largest borders with}.
Niger has had a lush, and colorful history and it all starts 6000 years ago. At this point humans have first settled here. Until the 11th century there were just indigenous tribes. At 1000 A.D. the Tuareg people came down from Libya and started conquering the region. At the 15th century, they made a very rich and prosperous city-state called Agadez. It became rich becomes it was a center of a trade route between East-Africa and Western Africa plus it was a kind of oasis from the hot, scorching,...

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