Circular gardens of Senegalese plants in the defense of green wall against the desert | The larger image
Every night Moussa Kamara (see below) works in his bakery baking hundreds of breads, but at sunrise, instead of going home to sleep, he now begins a second backbreaking job – hoeing the earth and s ‘occupy newly sown seeds in a specially designed circular garden.
Kamara the baker thinks the gardens could offer another benefit: discouraging sub-Saharan Africans from embarking on long and perilous journeys as illegal migrants in search of a better life in Europe and America.
“The day people realize the full potential of the Great Green Wall, they will stop these dangerous migratory routes where you can lose your life at sea,” he said. “It is better to stay, work the land, cultivate and see what you can earn.”
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