Desert Mining (02:49)
A bus arrives in Arlit and transports men to SOMAIR mine.
Community Profits? (03:42)
Tuaregs receive no benefits from the SOMAIR mine. A man states that the ground near Arlit is rich in uranium. A Tuareg discusses the mine's location.
Inside Arlit (03:11)
A resident remembers when Arlit was a prospering city. See residents in the marketplace and walking city streets.
Valuable Friendship (02:12)
An Arlit resident recalls moving to the city in 1968 and receiving help from Alhadji.
Alhadji recalls working for HANNIBAL and then hiring on with SOMAIR. An Arlit resident gives a tour of his home and reflects on how it used to look.
Melting Pot (02:50)
A resident recalls when 25,000 workers lived in Arlit. A Tuareg never saw Arlit's prosperity but he became involved with the Tuareg rebellion in the city.
Changing Perspectives (01:38)
A Tuareg recalls joining the army when the rebels were integrated. He left the army and now transports people across the desert.
Destiny in Arlit? (04:09)
An Arlit resident does not care if he dies; his motto is "Forward." A man recounts his journey around the mountains and his troubles in Niger.
No Work in Niger (03:37)
Residents discuss leaving Arlit to find work versus staying and waiting to die, and transporting illegal immigrants.
Small Business (02:17)
Amadou discusses his mechanic business; many customers are smugglers. See images from inside Arlit.
"2nd Dump" (02:07)
A resident discusses the lack of restaurants in Arlit and the city's former prosperity. He discusses his current employment.
Arlit Restaurant (03:28)
Two women work in a drink stall, but they have nothing left to serve customers. They have only been in Arlit for a week; they plan to return to Togo.
Struggling to Survive (02:15)
A woman at the drink stall discusses her family in Togo. She tries to find work away and sends money or clothing when she can.
Rich Promises (03:21)
See derelict mining equipment around Arlit. Residents recall working in the quarries without understanding the radiation risks and believing Arlit would become a second Paris.
A former miner recalls having medical check-ups and being told he was fine; friends became ill and died. He returned to Benin but radiation sickness manifested anyway.
Radiation Sickness (02:28)
A former miner recalls becoming very sick very quickly. His initial diagnosis was AIDS.
Mining Outside Arlit (02:48)
Buses pick up and drop off passengers. Men work large machinery at the mine.
Radioactive Health Risks (03:30)
A man recalls the death of several friends who were miners. A doctor states that he has not found any cases of radioactive related illnesses from the COMINAK and SOMAIR mines.
Medical Cover-ups? (01:44)
A man criticizes the doctors and mines for patient treatment.
Reusing Scrap Materials (03:27)
Mining debris litters streets in and around Arlit. Contaminated parts find their way into people's homes, causing significant health risks.
Follow workers inside a uranium mine.
Radiation Exposure (02:53)
Arlit residents discuss the death of friends and loved ones. They consider their own possible demise.
Cause of an Illness (03:18)
Arlit residents claim that officials use AIDS as a cover-up for work-related illnesses and consider the likelihood of becoming sick. One man laments his lack of treatment.
Evening in Arlit (01:04)
Residents wander the city streets. Hear the call to prayer.
Little Opportunities to Prosper (03:49)
One of the women at the drink stall reflects on the lack of customers. She does not have enough money to return home. A man discusses his trip form Marseille to Cameroon.
Waiting in Arlit (04:16)
Several men sit in the shade. Amadou works on cars and searches for a solution. His father suggests he go to Benin.
Credits: Arlit: Deuxieme Paris (01:43)
Credits: Arlit: Deuxieme Paris
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