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Title:Rivers of sand
Editor:Sorrentino, Bruno
Publisher:Central Independent TV
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:development cooperation
private aid
videos (form)
documentary films (form)
Abstract:In 'Rivers of Sand' three aid projects battle with a deteriorating environment in a remote corner of northern Mali - the inner delta and lake district of the great River Niger. The film travels north from the river and its colourful birdlife, up to the very edge of the Sahara, where moving sands threaten to engulf entire communities, and Lake Fagubine, once the biggest lake in West Africa, is now a dried-out desert plain. But one man has a dream to bring the waters flooding back into the lake, to turn the desert green, and to bring back the 60,000 environmental refugees who left their homes during the great drought. In a region where foreign aid is the biggest single source of income, the film shows why there are no quick solutions to the creeping desert in the drought-hit countries of sub-Saharan Africa.