Mr. Idiris drawing by hand

Mr. Idiris did a great job remembering his rainy season route. In the beginning he made some clear moves in the northern direction of Kaduna, but after a couple of weeks he suddenly turned sharply east. After that, he made a slow loop, in the direction of his dry season camp, and stayed not too far from it for the last two months of rainy season.

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I was surprised. What had happened? After some questioning we found out that the news about the religious crisis in Kaduna in June, 2009, first reached him by radio, but he sort of ignored it and moved on. Later he met some Fulani people at the market, who told him that he would be risking his life and the lives of his cattle if he moved on toward Kaduna. So this finally made him decide on turning back, and not traveling far at all this year.

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