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Afous-Afous ry

National Network: 
Tanssijantie 21
01390 Vantaa
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

The association Afous-Afous works with the Tuareg of the Sahara and Sahel, introducing the culture, history and way of life. The Tuareg belong to the North African indigenous population, Amazigh (Berbers), originally leading a nomadic lifestyle stretching across many state borders. Majority of the Tuareg live in Niger, Mali and Algeria, smaller groups also in Libya, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

Mission and Objectives: 

We aim to be an informative channel in Finland of the Tuareg, as well as on the current situation of the Tuareg areas. We wish to promote human rights and equality in the multi-ethnic communities in Sahara and Sahel and work in projects that preserve the culture, living areas and quality of life of the Tuareg. Our aim is also to be an intermediate between the Tuareg and Europe.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Afous-Afous has participated in several cultural and educational projects in the Sahel area. In Finland we inform about the Tuareg by organizing cultural events and seminars, and by producing informative materials. We are also giving a platform in Finland for the Tuareg to speak about themselves by inviting cultural, political and intellectual members of the Tuareg community to Finland. We work in a tight co-operation with associations both in Sahara and Sahel, as well as in Europe. We are also maintaining tight relations to the academic world in Finland.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

We can bring the expertise of the Tuareg, Amazigh and North-Africa, Sahara and Sahel regions as well as work together with other associations in the network.

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Hanna Yikona
Job Title: 
Head of the organisation: 
Hanna Yikona
Contact (2) Full Name: 
Satu Riikonen
Job Title: 
Vice chair

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