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The Sahel is a region of Africa. ChadCompletely land-locked, and well off-the-beaten-path for all but the hardiest of travellers; very unstable in the north MaliA country with a remarkable history and heritage; home to the ancient trade capitals and seats of learning of Djenné …

Niamey, the capital of Niger, is a lively, fairly modern city of around 800,000 on the banks of the Niger River in the Tillaberi region in the far southwest of Niger.

Niger is an arid, landlocked country of the Sahel with a population of 12 million.

Sudan is the third largest country in Africa and sixteenth largest in the world, bordering Egypt, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Libya, and South Sudan.

Maradi is a city in Southern Niger. The city of Maradi is the capital of a region by the same name in the Republic of Niger that occupies a small part of the southern border with Nigeria, directly north of the cities of Kano and Katsina.

A landlocked country in the Sahel, Mali is bordered by Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal and Mauritania.

Khartoum is the capital of Sudan and is located where the Blue and White Niles merge to form the Nile.

Mauritania is the least developed and poorest country in northwest Africa.

Bamako is the capital of Mali and straddles the Niger river.

Nouadhibou is the second largest city in Mauritania. It's a major fishing centre and large industrial port.

Chad is one of the poorest and most corruptly mis-governed countries in the world, with most of its inhabitants living in poverty as subsistence herders and farmers.

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