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Niger (French Republique du Niger), republic in western Africa, bounded on the north by Algeria and Libya, on the east by Chad, on the south by Nigeria and Benin, and on the west by Burkina Faso and Mali. It has a total area of 1,267,000 sq km (489,200 sq mi).


For younger readers

Heinrichs, Ann. Niger. Children's Press, 2001. For readers in grades 6 to 9.

Seffel, Rebah. Niger. Marshall Cavendish, 2000. For readers in grades 6 to 9.


Beckwith, Carol, and Marion Van Offelen. Nomads of Niger. Abrams, 1983, 1993. Photographs and commentary on the life of the Wodaabe people.

Chilson, Peter. Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa. University of Georgia Press, 1999. An engaging account of Niger's bush taxi culture.

McIntosh, Roderick James. The Peoples of the Middle Niger: The Island of Gold. Blackwell, 1998. A comprehensive history, based on oral traditions, that reveals a complex culture and belief system.

Miles, William F. S. Hausaland Divided: Colonialism and Independence in Nigeria and Niger. Cornell University Press, 1994. Well-researched exploration of Hausaland, the region that includes southern Niger and northern Nigeria.


Microsoft Encarta 2009. 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation.

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western Africa, Burkina Faso, Mali, Libya, Nigeria, Benin, Chad, republic, east

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