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Old 09-25-2016, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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My son is an American soldier who will be going there soon. What is the political climate?
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:39 AM
 
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A lot of islamist fanatics (AQMI) in the North. Otherwise a terrible backwater with a half desert D climate (Arizona summers year-round). Landlocked... . Backward society where polygamy and 10 - children families living in squalor are common. Low alphabetisation. Cities are dumps. The national parks (in the south of the country) have lost all their animals -elephants, lions, buffalos, etc.,- decimated with kalachnikows. One of the poorest countries of the world. One of the rare countries where the positives are totally lacking. Good luck!
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Aw Jeeze. I suspect at least their camp will have most of the amenities. I don't know why he couldn't have been one of those soldiers who gets assigned to a civilized place.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:54 AM
 
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Your son will return with an entirely new perspective on the world. He will realize how good it is at home, and, despite the hardships of less prosperous places, that people can be reasonably happy based on family, friends, community.


I've been to many places (155 countries) and all have redeeming qualities, in the people if the environment offers few. Sometimes we need to change our vision, out outlook to see it. The transition can be frustrating.


Niger is a very uninviting place, but it remains with experiencing.


Thank you to your son for his service and to you, for raising a son willing to serve.
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Thanks PBob. He's been to Afghanistan and Iraq, but Africa is new. I hope it's more of a "humanitarian, training the locals", type of thing, compared to the "people trying to kill him" thing.
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:18 PM
 
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I think your son will come back with a new perspective on the world. I've been volunteering in Africa for 30 years, typically two stints a year, increasing duration as I've found the time and money. Most of my work is around refugees and relief (some relocation) so Niger is a part of that, though small relative to Eritrea, Somalia and others. Niger, especially outside Niamey (not really a garden spot either) is a wear-you-down existence. I don't know what a military facility would be like. Encourage a trip to Burkina Faso/Ouaga. I think it's preferable to Nigeria or any other neighbor. (Nigeria is more interesting in the South.)

pigeonhole isn't (entirely) wrong in his/her assessment. To some extent it's attitude and standards and expectations and goals. I'm an easily satisfied optimist. If I can do it....
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Katy,Texas
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I like Nigeria but I am surprised by how Nigeria as a whole look down on Nigeriens. They say most of them are poor and only historical Nigerian ethnic groups like Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Nigeriens are capable of running the country. I personally don't believe this but to be looked down by a place as hectic as Nigeria may reveal a lot not only about the people I talked about but the country itself since stereotypes are partly true.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Meredith NH
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Your son will return with an entirely new perspective on the world. He will realize how good it is at home, and, despite the hardships of less prosperous places, that people can be reasonably happy based on family, friends, community.


I've been to many places (155 countries) and all have redeeming qualities, in the people if the environment offers few. Sometimes we need to change our vision, out outlook to see it. The transition can be frustrating.


Niger is a very uninviting place, but it remains with experiencing.


Thank you to your son for his service and to you, for raising a son willing to serve.
What a heartwarming post......wonderful outlook on life
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:21 PM
 
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I've always heard that neighbouring Mali is more interesting culturally , whereas Chad is the worst of the worst.
Here a famous musical group in Mali :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CD3id6qLZ4
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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I like Nigeria but I am surprised by how Nigeria as a whole look down on Nigeriens. They say most of them are poor and only historical Nigerian ethnic groups like Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Nigeriens are capable of running the country. I personally don't believe this but to be looked down by a place as hectic as Nigeria may reveal a lot not only about the people I talked about but the country itself since stereotypes are partly true.
Niger, not Nigeria. They're neighbours.
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