Miriam Adou, who each year makes the trek from south to north Niger to work as a migrant laborer, and this year for the first time, brought 6 of 8 children, says “We help each other… but it is hard”

by IRIN News

Mariama Adao and her last-born child. Photo: Anne Isabelle Leclercq/IRIN

Mariama Adao, aged 40 and a mother of eight, makes the 400km journey from Matameye in the south of Niger to Agadez in the north almost every year to make ends meet between growing seasons. However, this year’s poor harvest forced her to leave earlier – and bring six of her children with her.