Camel train, c 1930.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a North African family travelling across the desert, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1930. A family group of men, women and children of all ages. Women and children ride the three camels which are also loaded down with blankets and other goods. The rest of the group walk, except for one man riding a white donkey. Camels have been used as beasts of burden in arid North Africa since their introduction there from Asia by the Romans. They have allowed many tribes in North Africa to continue their nomadic way of life right up to the present day.