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Photo journal: Mali cattle crossings

Seeking a bride

Each family chooses two to four young men aged between 10 and 16 to go with the cattle on the trip north.

This gives the young men the chance to prove themselves as good herdsmen.

For them, the crossing is the first time they will see their families again after the long journey.

Many engagements also happen around this time so there is the opportunity to impress a potential bride.

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