Mohammed Mboudou, covered in natron dust, a sodium based mineral found in pockets of the Lake Chad basin left behind as the water evaporates, in Mayala, Chad.
Lake Chad has reduced in size by 90 percent in the last 60 years. Even though the level of water naturally fluctuates over long periods of time, the advancing Sahara desert and the influx of hundreds of thousands of displaced people due to the Boko Haram conflict are straining the already weakened natural resources and crippling local economies. Mboudou has been mining natron deposits for over 20 years as the shoreline of the lake receded from outside his village, but the recent Boko Haram crisis has cut off the many trading routes through the lake to Nigeria, the basin's main market, forcing many miners to find other sources of income.
Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn
This is part of my ongoing personal project on how the Boko Haram crisis has affected the fragile environment of the Lake Chad Basin.
#climatechange #chad #bagasola #desertification #lakechad #natron #mining #trade #economy #portrait #climatechange #nationalgeographic