Abstract Series 308 - Omara "Bombino" Moctar Part 1
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Omara "Bombino" Moctar, whose given name is Goumar Almoctar,
was born on January 1st, 1980 in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of
nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the northeast of
Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which belongs to the Kel
Air Tuareg federation. His father is a car mechanic and his mother
takes care of the home, as is the Tuareg tradition. Bombino was raised
as a Muslim and taught to consider honor, dignity and generosity as
principal tenets of life.
The Tuareg, known amongst themselves as the Kel Tamasheq, have long been recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert - as a people of grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation. They are a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa and for centuries have fought against colonialism and the imposition of strict Islamic rule.