National Geographic : 1974 Mar
BARBARAENGLEBERT(ABOVE)ANDVICTORENGLEBERT Swan song of a culture " WANTED my children to know these openhearted friends of the desert before the nomadic way of life disappears forever." Thus photojournalist Victor Englebert explains the reason for his sixth journey among the Tuareg, the famed veiled warriors of the southern Sahara. At oft-visited camps, Tuareg children recognized Victor instantly (above), and the adults, in their abundant love of youngsters, almost adopted his. A wealthy noble, Mohammed (upper left), delights in child's play, tickling the nose of 13-year-old Eric Englebert with a feather. Little Shina (left) instantly takes to 15-year-old Barbara. But the Belgian family found the Tuareg world under attack by an inexorable enemy, as one of the worst droughts in history decimated herds and sent thousands to relief camps. Read Mr. Englebert's intimate, timely report on a besieged people in next month's NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Invite your friends to share all 12 issues for 1974 by filling in the form below.